The Concrete Griffin 1981-1983 Eaglestone Local Centre Play-Area
|This special feature was requested in 1980 by the landscape architect responsible for designing Eaglestone play area. The constructing of the play area was eventually started in December 1982! so I spent a fairly leisurely two years planning, designing and building the concrete griffin and was able to do this work when other projects permitted.
I chose a griffin theme because, as a mythical beast, it is half eagle and half lion (the eagle part fitting in with Eaglestone) and also it was a better shape than an eagle to use as a play sculpture.
In December 1982 the griffin, in sections, was moved to the play area that was under construction. It was at this point that I started to directly involve the local school children and local community in the project. (The local combined school being adjacent to the play area).
|Written by Artist Lesley Bonner|