Made In Metal Heaven is an exhibition of work in progress. The drawings and models show proposals for 6 metalwork projects in Sheffield City Centre which will be made locally and installed in the New Year.
Six craftworkers have produced sketch ideas for each site. These sketches were used to select which artist would work on which site.
The projects and artists are:
Made In Metal Heaven is designed to build upon the success of the Castle Square project, where jeweller Brett Payne designed the new railings in 1995.
Sheffield is home to metalworkers and jewellers who are continuing the city's tradition of hand-made high quality metalwork, and this project shows how their individual design skills can enhance the public spaces in the City Centre.
The assistance of local fabricators in this project is also essential. Without their skills these large-scale projects could not be made to the high standards required. The resulting works will be a demonstration of the City's high-quality design skills and manufacturing excellence.
Included in the exhibition are examples of the personal work of the artists involved. However the public works are not large-scale jewellery. The individual sites and their associations have been the focus a design process that also takes account of individual interests in form, texture, colour and properties of materials.
The completed projects will form part of a City Centre Metalwork Trail. A map and brochure will be published in the New Year and will be available from the Ruskin Gallery.