Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
Hockton (calligraphy)/ Richard Hurford (poet)
'The city shops ...', 1997
lettering cut into stone
In the middle of The Moor, Sheffield
S1, opposite Matilda Street. (A-Z p.4 5D)
The poem is carved on 10 paving
stones, which form part of a circle of paving surrounding a circular patch
of stone setts, with a single paving stone circle at its centre. These stones
mark the junction of the Moor with Matilda Street. Similar patterns of paving
record the appearance of the other side streets to The Moor, a major pedestrianised
shopping street in the middle of Sheffield.
Each flag stone is a rhomboid in shape with its shorter sides slightly curved.
The long straight sides are 1.18 m long, the letters are up to 13 cm high.
The full text reads:
"The city shops, stops to talk, walks on, lunches, munches, rushes, catches
buses, smells a bargain, tells a story, whistles, hustles,
fusses over children, queues, loses track of time, browses, furnishes houses,
tries shoes on, moves on.
Moor Traders Association. % for
art during a complete refurbishment of the street. A
companion poem was installed nearby.
The letters are spread over a
wide area and, unless the light is strong or the sun low in the sky, they
are not particularly easy to read from a single viewpoint.