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City student's design set to grace exclusive liner

posted 22 Mar 2010, 05:21 by David Rintoul   [ updated 22 Mar 2010, 05:53 ]

A sculpture student is set to see his latest work of art tour around the world in the ballroom of a luxury cruise liner.

The £300 million Queen Elizabeth, the latest luxury ship from the Cunard line, which also operated the QE2, will be launched from Southampton in December.

One of the guests for the launch will be Peter Simpson, 20, from Newington, whose work is set to form the centrepiece of the ship's impressive ballroom.

Mr Simpson won a competition to design a sculpture for the liner, which attracted entries from around the world.

His design is based on the unique lighthouse lenses created by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel in 1823, which allowed the light to be seen from much greater distances.