Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
duck/fish & dog/butterfly benches, 1989
no longer in existance Graves Park
One placed by the path between the
two ponds in Graves Park, the other on a small hill near the path leading
to the church on Norton Lane at a spot with views over fields containing rare
breeds of cattle. (A-Z p111 6E)
Both benches are ornamented with
images of animals and plants in low relief. One at the duck pond shows a
duck chasing a fish, and water lilies floating on the seat. The hillside
bench shows a dog fascinated by a butterfly and fallen leaves on the seat.
Update [Feb 2001]: The duck/fish bench has been removed altogether - it
was rotting badly in 1998 on a previous visit. The dog/butterfly bench has
decomposed to two small fragments; virtually no traces of carving remain.
Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust
and Sheffield Recreation Department.
Artist says the benches were partially
made in the studio, partially on site. To make benches rather than something
else for the park was her decision. She had never made benches before.
Update [February 2001]:
Both benches have now rotted away.
The Duck/Fish bench has completely vanished and a few fragments of The Dog/Butterfly
bench are still visible.