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Thor the Thurcroft Troll


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A guardian troll called Thor has been officially welcomed to the village of Thurcroft in Rotherham.

ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance) won a tender to deliver a public art project and providing interest and stimulation for the under 8 year old residents became the driving force behind the project.

Thor is a friendly, nature loving, guardian troll and has been four years in the making.

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An allocation of Section 106 money was available from a developer building extensively for the domestic market at the far end of the village.

Lenny and Whale, a collaboration between Artist Fabric Lenny and Creative Producer Katrina Whale, produced the piece. They explained: “We worked with children from three local schools and young people from the youth club to explore and develop ideas for the work.  Whilst working with young people of Thurcroft the concept of a friendly, nature loving troll emerged.

“We love narrative and in particular the picture book form, so we developed the idea of creating a myth for Thurcroft based around Thor, his adventures, his origins and his caring nature. We thought it would be lovely for local families to share the story of Thor whilst picnicking on the Rec alongside Thor himself……

“We knew we needed to make something robust and durable so the decision was made to create the troll in steel and give him a a stack of stone pillows.  Our four meter troll lies resting by trees in the Rec, covered in colourful, nature inspired hand-painted doodles.”

Images: Lenny and Whale / Timm Cleasby

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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