In 2017 roar won the tender to deliver a public art project in Thurcroft built on the success of a previous commission based in Swallownest.
An allocation of Section 106 money was available from a developer building extensively for the domestic market at the far end of the village. Using this funding as a starting point, ROAR spent time consulting with the residents of the village and attending different groups to find a common denominator from which to prepare an artists brief. During this time working closely with the Neighbourhood Team, we also helped create a steering groups of local people called Thurcroft Creatives, who would be the advocates on the ground.
Overwhelmingly, providing interest and stimulation for the under 8 year old residents became the driving force behind the project.
With the Thurcroft Creatives guidance, Barnsley based Qdos Creates were appointed as the artists to turn local flavour into an artistic vision. Working with various schools and youth groups, the final design was presented at the start of summer 2019. The legend of Thor the Thurcroft Troll was born.
Unanimously embraced, Thor will be a 6m long reclining figure, surrounded by wildlife and meadow planting to provide a focal point for exploring nature, for storytelling and other creative activities by school groups, families and residents young and old to meet, rest, pic-nic and play.
The next stage is to raise the extra funds required to realise the fabrication and installation of this sculpture on the recreation field in the centre of the village.