Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, overflow carpark (coded yellow).
Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, overflow
carpark (coded yellow). [Update: 2004] The area has been re-developed and the piece given
a new siting with two seats by Michael Johnson
next to it.
(A-Z p115 5E)
The abstraction was inspired by
the sight of a working steel furnace .
Chesterfield Properties plc. Fabricated
by Mayflower Engineering.
Mike Lyons (1989). "It was intended
that the sculpture should express the idea of strength and purity born from
the fury and turmoil of the molten metal....Images of heat, reflection and
lightning have been used. Mirroring the feeling generated in Crystal Peaks,
the image is powerful, light and optimistic."
The piece is not readily visible as it is situated in a carpark, not always
in use except at peak periods, on the far side of the road from the shops
and invisible from them. A plaque at the site states its origin: "To celebrate
the achievement by Chesterfield Properties plc. in the creation of Crystal
Peaks Shopping Centre. Presented to the people of Sheffield in 1990". The
name 'Pinnacle' was chosen by public competition.
Mike Lyons was also shortlisted for two other Sheffield commissions: the
first at The Wicker and the second at the top of Fargate.