Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
cut and welded steel, painted blue
On the bank of the River Sheaf on
Saxon Road, Heeley; the three gates are located opposite to Clyde Road. (A-Z
The middle of three gates errected
on the site of three former 'snow gates' . Made in cut and welded steel, painted
blue. The design incorporates cut pieces of sheet metal, in the shape of factory
and house roof-tops in silhouette, attached to the main body of the gate.
The gate is non-functional as it has no hinge.
An onsite plaque states:
'Sheafscape'/ Funded by Awards for All grant/ Created by artist Gillian
Brent and/ students at All Saints Catholic High School/ Spring 2003
This is one of three such 'Snow
gates' commissioned to replace three wooden gates that had formerly stood
on this site but had fallen into a state of disrepair. The original plan had
been to restore the gates, and to add decorative features, but it was found
that they were beyond repair. The idea had originated with the 'Friends of
the River Sheaf' and was supported by the 'Heely Development Trust' who subsequently
took the project over. Funding came from an 'Awards for All' grant of £4,860
to cover the provision of the three gates. Six artists submitted proposals
in September 2002 and, from these, three artists were commissioned to produce
a gate; each to work with pupils from a different local school.
The original function of a snow
gate was to give access to a river so that snow cleared from the road could
be deposited there. At other times these same gates could be used to provide
access for firemen in need of water. There are still a few snow gates extant
in Sheffield; for example six others in Heely. The siting of these gates is
a small part of a larger project to make the Sheaf accessible to walkers and
other users so that eventually it may be possible to walk, run or cycle along
paths adjacent to the river from the moors on Sheffield's western fringes
to the city centre.