Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'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
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.