Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Plane Spotters', 1996 (sited in 2003)
Trans Pennine Trail
Through a pedestrian gate at the junction of Catley Road and Infield Lane.
After c.200 m turn left through another gate and after a further c.200 m the
sculpture is located at the junction of three footpaths in a small hollow
opposite a small pond. The sculpture is on part of the Trans Pennine Trail
(TPT). Sheffield Airport, for whom the sculpture was carved, is visible from
the tops of the adjacent hills. (A-Z p.89 6G)
Two barefoot figures; one male,
looking through a pair of binoculars, and the other female, shielding her
eyes with one hand. They are standing very close, facing in opposite directions,
each with their left arm across the other's chest clasping their waist. Both
have highly defined hairstyles. The base of the piece, carved from the same
block of stone, is a rectangular pedestal.
Dimensions: 190cm high x 100cm x 65cm. The sculpture is set on a square of
Sheffield Airport / Sheffield City Council ?
Considerable damage to the faces,
binoculars, one hand and one foot. A number of edges and corners have been
damaged or knocked off. This may be the work of vandals. Slight biological
growth in sheltered areas of the sculpture.