Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Eleanor Gates
'Leading Strings', 1995
Crucible Theatre
stainless steel panels painted with enamel illuminated behind clear and frosted etched glass

Crucible Theatre. The piece is hung at the top of the wall facing the entrance to The Crucible Studio. (A-Z p5 3F)

Stainless steel panels painted with enamel are illuminated behind clear and frosted etched glass. The glass is etched and frosted with stylised musical symbols and instruments, the steel behind painted with brightly coloured in formal instruments and themes.

"Colourful, loud - mysterious figures and musical symbols dominate the mirror surface and panels of illuminated clear and etched frosted glass which overhang the steel" : from the artist's publicity handout, 1995.

Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, from an initiative by Martin Cropper of the Lindsay String Quartet. Eleanor Gates was selected from a number of invited artists. She made a number of design proposals the final decision being made by Stephen Barry, the Chief executive of Sheffield Theatres.

Six stainless steel panels were donated by Avesta Sheffield Distribution Ltd.

It is very difficult to view this piece as a whole because of the reflections of the various spot lights and daylight from the nearby entrance doors.

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