Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Wendy Marshall
'Poggy Bench', 1989
now disintegrated
Graves Park
wood and concrete

On the bank of a small stream, by the path not far from the main entrance carpark. (A-Z p111 6E)

The seat is made up of enfolding, petal shaped parts, based on the shape of the Buffalo Flower. Gaps in the wood have been infilled with concrete.

Update [Feb 2001]:
The bench now no longer exists. The wood has almost entirely rotted away. Only the right hand seat fragment remains visible.

Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust and Sheffield Recreation Department.

Artist says the word 'poggy' is a word which she remembers from her childhood in Rotherham and refers to one's favourite spot. It is always a very private place. Wendy Marshall (1990) "I wanted the shape to have quite powerful proportions and yet have a gentle protective feel to it. To invite the onlooker to sit in its lap". Originally it looked very inviting. The seat had a highly polished surface because the artist wanted it to have a craft finish.

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