|Construction of the Griffin|
|Written by Artist Lesley Bonner|
|As the playground had not been built when I commenced work on the griffin, I made it off site in the grounds of Interaction. Occasional assistance was given on construction by various offenders on Community Service Order placements with me and also teenagers on Youth Opportunity Program's. The sturdy welded metal armature was made at cost price at Rusheaths Ltd, a local metalwork firm.
The school involvement took place in two ways.
a) competition for the colour scheme to paint the griffin with two classes of 11-12 year olds taking part and the class subsequently coming out to paint the griffin with me in the winning colour design. There was one winner and three runners up.
b) naming the griffin, a competition for both the lower and middle sections of the school. The winning entry was "Sniffin" the griffin by an eight year old boy. There was also the best entry from each class in the school providing four runners up. The local branch of Midland Bank Ltd. (who use a griffin as their symbol) donated £50 to be divided up for prizes at a special opening unveiling ceremony on completion of painting the griffin with the school children.