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ArtistMaker: TYSSEN, Keith , Brett PAYNE and Chris KNIGHT
TitleOfWork: 'The Birds Round Here'
DescriptionOfPhoto: central panel
DateOfCreation: 2004
Dimensions: 3 panels a total of 2.2m high x 18.2m long
Medium: stainless steel, glass, etched brass (?) and steel
Location: On the north-facing, High Street facade of Hoyland Town Hall. (SE437401)
AtoZReference: p.38 5A
Postcode: S74 9AD
Street: High Street
TownOrVillage: Hoyland
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Dave Ball
AccessionNumber: b092h
Description: 3 stainless steel panels that cover the lower storey of the Town Hall building from the end of the Co-op store at the north-east corner of the building to point at which it makes a right hand turn towards the road. From this point the ground level High Street fašade is decorated with fibreglass panels [see b093].
The panels are laser cut with the silhouettes of birds, these cut-out shapes of differing sizes forming swirling patterns that evoking the movements of flocks of birds. Some of the cut-out shapes have etched brass? and steel behind them containing fragments of local images and textual references. Some other silhouettes are backed by coloured glass.

Condition: Surface - good. No graffiti although muddy football and footprints can be seen faintly on the surface.
Structural - good

Inscriptions: None: elements inside the cut-out bird shapes are decorated with extracts of found text.

Commission: Barnsley MBC.
The theme evolved from a passage by writer Ian Daly who had compiled a record of the 'comments and observations given him by local people in and around Hoyland' [1] One of the hour plaques on BIGGS and FALLAIS' clock face in the adjacent paving also contains the text: 'THE BIRDS ROUND HERE'.

Comment: As traffic and pedestrians pass their fragmentary reflections can be seen within the bird silhouettes and less distinctly across the whole surface of the panels. This adds to the sense of movement already present from the swirling flight of the birds over the frieze.

Sources: [1] E-mail from Keith Tyssen [27/03/2006]

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