Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Vega Bermejo
'Marble Players', 1992
Meadowhall Retail Park, Attercliffe Common.

Sitting area at Meadowhall Retail Park, Attercliffe Common, situated on a circular grass space surrounded by stone and metal seating, through which a footpath travels from the pedestrian access to the site from the main road (A6178). There are fast food restaurants on either side of the site. (A-Z p 89 2E)

Two figures crouch engrossed in a game of marbles. One player is just about to flick a fresh marble onto the floor.

Stadium Developers. Sheffield's Public Arts Officer was involved.

Artist speaks of it as being a sculpture for an intimate space, seen at eye level and needing close attention. The story-telling aspect of the piece is important too, but the marbles have now to be imagined for they proved to be irresistible to vandals and have not been replaced. Vandalism occurred before the fast food outlets were built. There are plans to replace the marbles, with bronze rather than glass marbles, but nothing definite has been decided. The clay maquette for this piece has unfortunately been lost.

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