Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Oak Sculpture', 2003
stainless steel and bronze
On a 'village green' in a new housing
development off Redmires Way, off Redmires Road (A-Z p5 4F)
A large and leafy oak branch in
stainless steel. The branch's many leaves provide different reflective surfaces
for the changing light; its acorns lend a duller accent. The grooved, circular
stainless steel base is low, setting the sculpture close to the ground.
The sculpture was commissioned by
David Wilson Homes, developer of the extensive property. The sculpture reflects
the original and to some extent still visible character of the area; it is
landscape based. The artist was given an open brief.
Formerly the site of the Lodge Moor
Isolation Hospital, its location at the edge of city development and its high
elevation ensured the necessary fresh air for patients. Johnson also designed
railings for a children's playground on the same site.