This design is inspired by my fascination with the night sky and how small we really are when we look up at the stars. Being an author/illustrator of children's picture books I wanted to include plenty of fun, narrative and visual interest into my piece. I have added various landmarks and symbols that represent Lincoln and Lincolnshire, in the form of star constellations. With also adding a few real constellations, I have incorporated an educational element into my design. With this piece I also wanted to inspire everyone, young and old, to look up at the night sky from time to time and find their own shapes, whatever they might be.
By Mark Chambers
Mark is an author and illustrator of children's picture books and young fiction. He studied illustration at university and has since been represented by the London and New York illustration agency, Bright Group International. In 2013 Mark won the Sheffield Children's Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.www.markachambers.com
Sponsored by Lincoln College Group
Lincoln College Group is made up of Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark Colleges and a college in Saudi Arabia. The Group also delivers educational programmes in two colleges in China. In the UK we educate and train more than 6,000 students a year across apprenticeships, further education programmes, A-levels and degree-level courses. We were desperate to be part of The Knights' Trail after the huge success of the Barons Trail. It reinvigorated the City, brought in visitors from across the country, delighted local families and brought a real sense of pride to Lincoln. We can’t wait to see our Knight in place.