Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Comfy Concrete Sofa', 1998
Philadelphia Open Space, Upperthorpe
On grass by the roadside at Philadelphia
Open Space, Upperthorpe, Sheffield S10. The sofa is placed so that you look
out over the Don Valley when seated. (A-Z p.86 6C)
A lifesize concrete sofa sited on
the top of a bank looking out towards Sheffield Ski Slopes. The back of the
sofa is decorated with faces in relief. The front face of the arms and the
front base of the seat are decorated with thems from the natural world. Models
were made in clay and then cast in concrete.
An inscription written in the side
of the sofa states:
"JULY 1998 / MADE BY THE FRIDAY NIGHT / GROUP AT THE HILL YOUTH / CENTRE
WORKING WITH / THE ARTIST ROSS GILBERTSON / PART OF THE / PAVING THE WAY PROJECT
/ SUPPORTED BY / BT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME / THE SHEFFIELD SRD PARTNERSHIP
EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND / AND DESTINATION SHEFFIELD"
by 'Paving the Way' with funding
from the Single Regeneration Budget. Supported by BT in the Community, the
European Development Fund and Destination Sheffield. The brief involved working
with young people from the Hill Youth Work Base, located in this part of Sheffield.