Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
In front of car showroom, Sheffield
Road, near Weedon Street (A-Z p.89 2E)
Large phoenix welded to a 28 tonne
Commissioned by owners of JCT car
showroom. This location was once the heart of the city's steel making industry.
Artist made the sculpture in his
studio in Harrogate. The Phoenix is a well used local symbol for steel production
in the area, chosen for its representation of something being born from fire.
The Phoenix Works was once situated nearby and the name of the company magazine
at the adjacent Templebrough Works (now the Magna Centre) was 'The Phoenix
Gazette'. Another Phoenix sculpture is sited nearby on the roundabout at the
junction of Bessemer Way and Sheffield Road and a painted mural also showing
the birth of a Phoenix is to be found on the adjacent retaining wall of Bessemer