Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Jason Thomson
'Leafman', 1998
Totley Primary School
wood; beech

Sunnyvale Road, Totley Primary School. On an exterior wall to the right of the main entrance. (A-Z p.120 5D)

Carved beech tree, depicting a male figure set against a leaf. The figure has its main arterial system and brain shown in relief. On the reverse an enlarged single cell is depicted. In addition to the main sculpture there are also two 'totems' designed and carved with children from the school, using various images taken from scientific and astromomical sources .

Totley Primary School. Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. Materials donated by Ibstock Brick Nostell Ltd and Naylor Clayware Ltd.

The artist also worked with the children at the school to produce planters and a ceramic figure, which is attached to the wall at the main entrance. Coralie Turpin also worked on this project and made a ceramic brick relief sculpture as well as two other pieces working with children at the school. These are around the main entrance. Above the entrance are three carved reliefs in stone which were made at the time the school was built in 1951.

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