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ArtistMaker: BADICS; James
TitleOfWork: 'Resurrection'
DescriptionOfPhoto: view with shopping precinct behind
DateOfCreation: 1968
Dimensions: Height: 240 cm
Medium: ceramic tiles on concrete form
Location: Shopping Centre carpark
AtoZReference: p.69 2F
Postcode: S62 6NG
Street: Bellows Road and Market Square
TownOrVillage: Rawmarsh
AreaInTown: Shopping Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Rotherham
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: r040a
Description: The sculpture consists of two abstract forms built of concrete and covered with red and white ceramic tiles. Each red tile is 1 cm square; the white tiles are either 1 cm square or 6.5 x 2 cm. The sclpture has a central white shape suggesting both a cross or a figure. This is surrounded by a ring of interlocked forms with red outward-facing surfaces and white tiled surfaces facing inwards. This second shape forms a 'hedge' around the central white form reminiscent of a circle of dancing figures.
The base is a spiral of 16 overlapped concrete slabs: Height: 108 cm high. Each slab is 184x122x8 cm.

Commission: The artist, an engineer, had been working on the new Shopping Centre and donated the sculpture to Rawmarsh. The costs of materials, 60, were met by the local council. The artist donated all other expenses. [1]

Comment: The piece generated an enormous amount of controversy with the local Citizen's Association, who were under the impression that it was a depiction of the Crucifixion.
Despite being used, on occasion, as a climbing frame for over 30 years the upper edges of the sculpture, whilst missing some tiles, are still in reasonable condition.

References: [1] Rotherham Advertiser: various articles. September 1967 and a large number of articles around June 22nd 1968.





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