Weston Park Hospital, facing Whitham
Road. (AZ p98 2B)
Rectangular steel relief, decorated
with circular, cellular, shapes whose surface is made up of a number of
flat planes. A central square section of the sculpture consists of smaller,
broken, forms which rotate very slowly both clockwise and anti-clockwise.
These represent the division of cancer cells surrounded by larger, healthy
cells. The wall below the sculpture is badly stained.
Commissioned by a Dr King who
was a consultant at Weston Park Hospital. The cost of the piece was £30,000
and was funded by the J.G.Graves Charitable Trust. Weston Park Hospital
is one of only three purpose built specialist cancer hospitals in the UK.
The moving portions of the piece were switched off after complaints about
noise from patients and staff at the hospital. Efforts were made to lubricate
the moving parts and subsequent leaking fluid from the motors is thought
to be responsible for the staining on the exterior wall of the hospital.
Installation of the work was a difficult and complicated undertaking requiring
the use of specialist equipment including a thermic lance.
For most of the 1990ís the piece
has been obscured by a Cancer Care Appeal chart fixed in front of the sculpture
and registering the progress of the Appeal. This has now been removed (April
MacDonald was Head of Sculpture at Sheffield City Polytechnic at the time
this work was made and subsequently emigrated to Darwin, Australia where
he died in the late 1980's.