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ArtistMaker: TURPIN, Coralie
TitleOfWork: Tortoise
DescriptionOfPhoto: Tortoise
DateOfCreation: 2003
Dimensions: 120 cm x 95 cm x 60 cm high
Medium: cast iron
Location: In a play area, Swinton
AtoZReference: p.56 4A
Street: Aldred Crescent and Calladine Road
TownOrVillage: Swinton
MetropolitanBorough: Rotherham
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: r060g
Location: In a play area, previously waste land, between Aldred Crescent and Calladine Road, Swinton

Description: Three separate animals: a tortoise (120 cm x 95 cm x 60 cm), an armadillo with a handbag (85 cm long) and a lizard (1m long). Also 4 mushroom-shaped seating stools sited around a painted concrete meeting circle and snake maze. There is also a footprint trail made from mosaic footprint shapes set in concrete slabs.

Commission: The area was not big enough for a proper Play area with the usual equipment so it was decided to create objects/sculptures with which local children could interact . In April 2003 submissions were invited from artists with whom Groundworks had previously worked. Coralie Turpin's was the successful application. The lizard was made by Jason THOMSON.
Funding for the regeneration of this area came from two sources 10,000 funding from WREN; 10,000 funding from Objective 1: Swinton Community partnership. [1]
The objects were carved in polystyrene and then cast in iron. [2] Made by H. Downs & Sons Ltd, Iron Founders of Huddersfield. Project overseen by Groundworks Dearne Valley.

References: [1] Interview with Richard Brown, [6/10/2003]
[2] H. Downs website. [] last visit - 8/5/2003

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