Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Birds Observed', 1992
BR Midland Station
cement fondu with graphite
removed during renovations to station buildings -
whereabouts not known
BR Midland Station, Sheffield.
On three of the five grilles separating the main concourse from the new
entrance extension. (A-Z p5 5G)
Seven birds perch on the station
entrance side of the grilles.
Bronze originals were made
for a firm's office building in Birmingham, these pieces are the maquettes
for that work.
Artist describes the birds
showing varying experiences of people using the station; rushing, then
waiting; being too early, too late, feeling tense before or after the
action, and everything revolving around a very brief period of time. The
piece was installed as part of an exhibition at the station called 'Trailblaze'.
When the exhibition closed Westerman had trouble co-ordinating the removal
of the piece and they are still in situ as a result. Despite being immediately
above the entrance to the station concourse, and the presence of a label
identifying the artist, most users of the station, and even BR staff,
are totally unaware of the Birds' presence. Update: One piece was damaged and subsequently removed (c. 1999);
the other pieces stayed in place until the onset of rebuilding and renovation
at the station (2004) when they were removed. There are no plans to reinstall