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The Sheaf Thrower

The Sheaf Thrower by Michael Disley

The Sheaf Thrower

PMSA Record

Extract from the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association:

A one and a half times life-size figure of a man wearing old-fashioned work clothes and clogs. He holds a large bundle of sheaf in both hands and two birds perch in his hair. Carved from Cadeby stone the figure surmounts a stone base decorated with floral reliefs.

When Disley was invited to produce a sculpture that would ‘typify the spirit of Greatham and its rural setting’ he decided to base his work on the village’s annual sheaf-throwing contest, a game that has been played at the Greatham Feast for over 500 years. The birds refer to a well-known rookery in nearby woodland.(1) During its installation on 19th June 1995, just days before the 534th Feast, a piece of one of the birds chipped off. The £4,000 figure has since been repaired. The project was coordinated by Cleveland Arts with stone donated by Cadeby Stone and funding from Northern Arts, Greatham Parish Council and Teesside Arts Awards.(2)

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