Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Mike Disley
'Plane Spotters', 1996 (sited in 2003)
Trans Pennine Trail
Cadeby limestone

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 concrete.

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.

Sources: Telephone conversations with the artist

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