The sculpture has now had to be removed from the Crucible because of a technical
problem with one of the services to the theatre, which was unfortunately
located in the wall immediately behind the sculpture. . Understandably The
Crucible are not keen to reinstall 'The Gift' as it could cause further
difficulties if the technical problem happened again. A new site is being
sought for it; we'll keep you posted.
[Update 2005] Still no sign that this piece will be re-erected; surely the City can find a site to display work of this quality.
The relief shows an angel descending through clouds bearing a shoe, she is surrounded by other shoes. The shoe held by the angel is modelled on the artists own wedding shoe.
One of the pieces made during the Stone City Symposium , (19th June and 16th July 1995). The plaque by the piece records: 'Sponsored by Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Development Corporation. With Thanks to Sheffield Theatres & Chapel Walk Traders'
The working title was The Angel and the Shoe.
(from the publicity leaflet for Stone City) "My sculpture often depicts figurative subjects; simple large rounded childlike and naive, with benign faces. I hope they relate to the viewer in a spiritual almost unconscious way. Expressive and emotional, sometimes with a sense of humour. Not contemporary in a modern sculptural way but dealing with timeless issues and feelings."
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