Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
At the top of Howard Street, one
axis points towards the entrance of Sheffield Hallam University. (A-Z
Geometric piece. One side has
square holes cut into the stone and lined with steel; the other has a contrasting
stainless steel grid.
One of the pieces made during
the Stone City Symposium,
(19th June and 16th July 1995). Financial and other support was given by
the Sports and Arts Foundation, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, Sheffield
Hallam University, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Artspace Society.
Materials were provided by Realstone.
This sculpture was commissioned by Sheffield Hallam University. It was to
have been opened by Marti Caine, Sheffield born comedienne, who died two
weeks before the opening; it was decided to dedicate the sculpture to her
The stainless steel was intended
to reflect the changing weather, the piece was therefore not to be static.
It also reflects passing traffic which flicker across the inset steel squares
on the Arundel Way side of the sculpture.
In the four years since it was installed the stone corners of the piece
have suffered a lot of damage. It has been extensively repaired with glued,
machine-cut, replacement stone segments. The stone is also part covered
in green biological growth as it was originally sited under a small tree,
it would benefit from cleaning. One or two of the steel pieces have also
worked loose and have been reglued. The sculpture is being maintained by
(from the publicity leaflet for
Stone City) "Using stainless steel and stone I hope to set up a contradiction
within the nature of both materials. This architectural piece would act
both as a landmark and a point to view from."