Public Art Research Archive,
Sheffield Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Face the Future', 2000
Millennium Gardens, Oughtibridge
Millennium Gardens Oughtibridge, at
the corner of North Langsett Road and Church Street. (A-Z p.72 2D)
A large boulder placed upright
at the back corner of the gardens. A Green Man face, an owl and a pair of
hands in prayer are carved into the front edge. Around the stone is a carved
band onto which are the date '2000', a rose, a bridge and elements representing
past and present industries relating to the village: millstones, a pair of
shears, cutlery, a file and a toilet roll.
'2000' carved into the roadside face of the stone.
Commissioned by the village to celebrate
the Millennium. The artist visited the local school and developed some ideas
for the design from the children in the school.
TThe touch of humour in the toilet roll (a reference to adjacent paper
mills) is tempered by the praying hands; a reference to the Christian
faith, the birth of which is the cause of celebration for the gardens.
The artist felt that this fact had been ignored by most Millennium celebrants.
The Green Man is a private personal theme of the artist's. 
References:  Interview with the artist: 9/04/2001