Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
On the bank of the River Sheaf on
Saxon Road, Heeley; the three gates are located opposite to Clyde Road. (A-Z
A green gate incorporating a sun, leaf shapes and a blue panel representing
Inscriptions: Two lines of a poem have been cut into the metal:
Balance is the key to life struggling to keep sane / To tear it with a knife
would make the balance turn to rain
An onsite plaque states:
'Equilibrium'/ For Adam, who died on/ 20th December 2001/ 'Everything flows
and nothing stays'/ Created by artist Don Cameron and/ students at Newfield
School/ Spring 2003
This is one of three such 'Snow gates'
commissioned to replace three original 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 'Heeley 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 Heeley.
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.