Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University
PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD

Jonathon Cox
'Fighting Rams', 1995
Castle Square
gritstone




Location:
Castle Square. (A-Z p5 2F)

Description:
The two rams are facing each other separated by a tiny space. Many of the surfaces of the stone have been left uncarved, the rear of one of the rams still shows shot-hole marks.
The sculputre is located in front of railings by the Sheffield jeweller, Brett Payne.

Commission:
One of the pieces made during the Stone City Symposium, (19th June and 16th July 1995). Funding for the creation of Castle Square, which replaced the 'Hole-in-the-Road'designed in the 1960's, came from a variety of sources.

Comment:
A popular piece with children who can often be seen climbing onto it. The artist was brought up on a working farm on the North Downs. His father was still working with sheep there when this piece was made.

Artistís Statement:
(from the publicity leaflet for Stone City) "Carved in two blocks of stone the animals charge against each other expressing a feeling of strength and movement. One ram leans into the other and on impact causes an arch in its opponentís back"



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