Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Neil Woodall
'The Sheffield Mural', 1990
retaining wall at carpark, Granada Motel, Prince of Wales Road
inked and sandblasted stainless steel

Carpark, Granada Motel, Prince of Wales Road. (A-Z p101 3E)

Panoramic view of Sheffield taken from Park Hill which includes Sheffield United Stadium and Sheffield Hallam University's Pond Street site before renovation. There is no link between the subject and the site of the work. A reference to this piece can be seen in another work (1994) by Neil Woodall at Grinder's Hill, between the Untitled Gallery and The Workstation, where one panel of the Grinder's Hill piece quotes directly from the Sheffield Mural.

Granada plc. Initially the garage on the site were interested in the commission on a joint basis, but pulled out.

Artist speaks of an imaginatively constructed panorama; the perspective adjustments taken from major buildings and prominent features. Compositional liberties were taken to create a pleasing curving skyline. Further imaginative play can be seen in rendering of certain details: eg. some of the windows contain messages to Woodall's friends and a flowerhead is represented by a heart shape.

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