In 1914, Robert Mellor a local historian, wrote a series of articles about Nottingham and its surrounding areas, these were published in his work Old Nottingham Suburbs: Then and Now, and of the 'dragon' of Sneinton Mellor wrote:
Who is this monster? And what is his name?
"For more than half a century there has existed in certain parts of Nottingham a monster who has devoured in the first year of their lives a large number of infants, and, what is worse, probably an equal number who have survived have dragged out a pitiable existence in weakness, small in stature, deformed, or anaemic, with diseases, lack of energy, unable to maintain themselves, and therefore dependent on others or the public charge; and, worse still, some have had a natural tendency to vice or crime."
His name is Slum.
It was not until the 1930s that we see life in Sneinton go full circle with its slum demolished and the land cleared and redevelopment taking place, but the village Mellor wrote of has not been forgotten. The Renewal Trust, a local group whose aims are community regeneration, asked the residents of Sneinton what piece of public art they would like to represent their area and it was this dragon they chose.