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ArtistMaker: THOMSON, Jason AND Coralie TURPIN
TitleOfWork: Animal area
DescriptionOfPhoto: view of animal area
DateOfCreation: 2001
Medium: wood, stone and cast iron
Location: Phoenix Park. (SE 446405)
AtoZReference: p.29 1G
Street: Phoenix Lane
TownOrVillage: Thurnscoe
AreaInTown: Thurnscoe East
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b076iia
Description: Metal animals. The pig by Thomson is lying on its side, the sheep appears to be knitting a garment from its own wool. The goat is sited on top of a small mound above the other animals. The cockerel is standing on a metal post. The sheep is signed: C.TURPIN '01 on a space between its back and front legs. The pig is signed: Jason Thomson 2001 near its rim.
Wooden animals. Two sheep and a pig eating from an upturned trough. The pig is signed: Jason Thomson 2001. All the animals are arranged on the grass in groups according to their species. They can also act as seating, or play objects, for children. They are naturalistic, but stylised, with considerable attention given to surface details.

Dimensions: up to 65 cms high x 120 cms long x 55 cm wide.
The cockerel is 115 cms high.

Commission: The artists' brief was to create a younger children's play area which did not involve play equipment [1] The idea of animals came from local residents involved with the development of the Phoenix Park. The metal animals were carved in polystyrene by the artists and then cast in iron by H. Downs & Sons Ltd Iron Founders of Huddersfield. Project overseen by Groundworks; project manager Laura McBride.

Comment: This area is designated as the Children's Area in the Park.

References: [1] letter from project manager Laura McBride.

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