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ArtistMaker: BOTTERILL, Lorraine
TitleOfWork: 'Wortley Dragon'
DescriptionOfPhoto: View from the playground
DateOfCreation: 2000
Dimensions: 490cm high x 110cm in diameter at base
Medium: wood
Location: Thurgoland C of E Primary School Playground
Postcode: S36 7AL
Street: Halifax Road (A629)
TownOrVillage: Thurgoland
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b077a
Description: A sculpture carved from an existing tree. It consists of a tall cross commemorating the Millennium. A large dragon, whose wings and neck are carved from protruding branches of the tree, clutches the cross with claws and tail. Standing at the foot of the cross is a shirt-sleeved shepherd, holding a lamb in his left arm and with his crook in his left hand. His right arm is placed around a sheep from whose back the cross appears. There are three intersecting rings carved on the front of the cross. Ears of corn are incised around the base of the tree.

Commission: Arts Council funding - project had to be community based. Building work at the school meant that a tree, which had stood in the corner of the playground for many trees, had to be removed. Carving the stump into a sculpture allowed something of this much-loved tree to be preserved.

Comment: One of the villagers remembers playing and sitting on a bench around the trunk of this tree when she was a girl over 35 years ago. [1]

References: [1] Conversation with passer-by.

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