Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'The Green Man', 1989
now destroyed Graves Park
wood, an oak stump
Graves Park, on a trail close to
the duck pond. (A-Z p111 6E)
The torso of a man appears to
be emerging from the top of the tree stump. One foot is just visible on
a lower part of the stump and a leaf curls out from the man's mouth. Update [Feb. 2001]: Sadly the piece no longer exists. The tree stump
has been cut to ground level and the carved piece of wood now rests on the
ground further down the slope. The area near the base of the sculpture does
appear badly decomposed and the assumption must be that it was no longer
safe and was therefore demolised.
Sheffield Recreation Department
and Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust.
Artist refers to the work as a
"half man, half tree", but admits he was not familiar with the image of
the green man. He says he asked that the tree be cut at a certain point
to provide proper scale for the work. Though the tree is dead, he likes
to imagine new shoots finally enveloping the figure, causing it to disappear
back into the green. This is beginning to happen.