Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Jason Thomson (working with local children)
bench, 1996
Crookes Valley Park

Children's Playarea, Crookes Valley Park. (A-Z p.98 1B)

Bench carved from a tree trunk resting on its side. The carving depicts many creatures from the natural world including; a spider, ladybird, bat, owl, butterfly, flower, large fish, worm, and a squirrel. The Bench is set in an enclosed children's play area and was carved by local children under the artist's supervision.
This Playground is surrounded by a metal fence, painted blue, which incorporates cut out animal images designed by David Mayne

Sheffield Children's Festival 1996.

This is on a metal plaque fixed to one end of the bench and reads:

"Sheffield Children's Festival
Carved by children from
Daniel Hill, Nether Green Infants, Pipworth,
Springfield, Tapton and Westways Schools
under the direction of
Jason Thomson
Project supported by
Gripple Ltd., Lloyds Bank, Davy International
Sheffield Education Business Partnership
J.G.Graves Trust, Wm. Marples, Mitchells Garden Machinery,
Sheffield Wildlife Trust"

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