Until May 1998 it could
be found on the entrance steps of the Town Hall extension, poorly sited
in a dark space between the arches supporting the first floor of the building.
From 9th May to 26th July 1998
it was on show as part of a major exhibition of Fullard's work at
the Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park.
[Update: 2002] The piece was re-sited striding across the paving
of the terrace of Leader House on Surrey Street, overlooking Sheffield Hallam
University. A curious site, almost completely hidden from view for walkers
on Arundel Way, completely obscured from passers-by on Surrey Street, and
at the least used entrance to the Millennium Gallery and almost invisible
to gallery visitors. It was as if the city was frightened to show the piece
in public; bizarre when you consider how popular a piece of sculpture the
Walking Man used to be.
[Update: 2005] The Walking Man has been moved to the exterior of
the Winter Gardens facing Tudor Square. A much more public and appropriate
space for him to frequent.
(A-Z p. 5 4E)
The figure is of a walking man.
He is slightly less than life size and wears a tightly buttoned coat; the
collar is open and turned up. The man's stride swings his full length coat
slightly forward while the backward tilt of his upper body creates a counter
motion. The man's hands are not clearly defined, but his bare
head is distinctive, being sharply featured and set on a long neck.
He was often variously seen with a cigarette stuck between his lips, a beer
tucked can under his arm, or a traffic cone placed on his head; all apparantly
irresistable additions from late night revellers.
The original plaster was bought
by Sheffield City Council Arts Department in 1983 and cast into bronze in
1985. A cement fondu version of the piece was made in 1957 and first shown
in an exhibition entitled ‘Looking at People’ at the South London Art Gallery
the same year.
The siting acknowledges a famous
native son of Sheffield. Brief biographical details were given on a plaque
on the pedestal, which read:
" WALKING MAN
1957. Bronze by
Born 11 Hazel Road, Darnall in 1923
Studied Sheffield College of Art 1938-42
Served in the 17th/21st Lancers 1942-44 Seriously wounded
in the Battle of Cassino 19th May 1944
Studied at the Royal College of Art, London 1945-47
Sheffield City Arts Department "
We hope that the plaque will
also be restored at the new site, this has not yet happened.
Information on Fullard is available from the Psalter Lane Campus
Library's Special Collections web page. For other details please contact