Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Philip Lindsay-Clark
motifs and coat of arms, 1938
The Royal Institute for the Blind
removed - the building has been demolished and the site redeveloped

Above the main entrance to the Royal Institute for the Blind, Mappin Street, S1 (A-Z p.4 4B)

On the top of the left hand column by the entrance is a blindfolded head in front of a grating. The right hand column is topped by a hand interpreting braille in front of a symbol for light. Between the column is a finely detailed carving of the Royal coat of arms.

The architects for the building were Hadfield and Cawkwell, a Sheffield-based firm.

The same artist also worked on reliefs for the Gas Showrooms on Commercial Street, S1, and inside the Church of the Sacred Heart beyond the city centre in Hillsborough.

[Update - 2008]
The Royal Institute for the Blind building is to be replaced by a new structure - it is our understanding that this sculpture will in same way be incorporated into the new building.


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