Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Colin Rose
'Rain', 2006
Millennium Square
stainless steel; water

Millennium Square (the newly designated space between the Winter Gardens and the Peace Gardens (A-Z p5 4E)

9 polished stainless steel balls of different sizes, each set in a small pool. Water constantly flows over them to create a smooth, faintly rippled, surface. LED lights in the rim of the pools illuminate them at night. The largest ball is 2 metres high.

Sheffield City Council. Part of the 'Heart of the City' regeneration scheme. Funding came from the Millennium Commission.
The first scultpures were installed on 25 November 2005

The square was formally opened on Saturday 18 March 2006 by Jan Wilson, Leader of Sheffield City Council. The ceremony was followed by 3 hours of street entertainment including music, theatre, juggling and stilt walkers.

Passers-by seem drawn to these polished spheres.

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