If you drive through the village of Screveton in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottingham, you might spot one of the giant green statues in the fields. But why are they there and where do they come from?
The Green Giants were originally displayed in the Olympic Park at the Southbank Center near Waterloo before being moved to Farmeco in Screveton. The statues depict a lady and gentleman covered in plastic sheets holding gardening equipment.
The story behind the statues is echoed in the work the farm does. The statue depicted the lady teaching her grandson what is important in his life and what she believes in. Farmeco is now continuing this work by teaching agriculture to older and younger generations.
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Farmeco is a community care farm that aims to reconnect people with food and agriculture. The farm encourages people to bring their own fruit to the farm presses while tending to animals like pigs, chickens and ducks. They also run a Saturday cafe.
David Rose, the founder of Farmeco, explained how the statues came about: “We had a company that rented one of the hangars and they made statues for different events and they made two for the Olympics in an Afro-Caribbean gentleman and a Hispanic woman. They represented the Olympics by coming together out of friendship rather than competition. Then Nottingham County Council asked them to do more.”
The statues were made by Pirate Technics, a subdivision of the artist group ShipShape Arts. They specialize in pyrotechnics, fireworks and flame throwing, as well as sculptural centerpieces and bonfires.