Cascade of steel captures Sheffield

Launch of the Steel City Cascade at the Citys Winter Garden....Pictured is artist and sculptor Lucy Coyne who has worked with children from six city schools to create this suspended sculpture
Launch of the Steel City Cascade at the Citys Winter Garden....Pictured is artist and sculptor Lucy Coyne who has worked with children from six city schools to create this suspended sculpture
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A cascading sculpture celebrating Sheffield past and present has been unveiled in the city’s Winter Garden.

Hundreds of stainless steel pieces make up the Steel City Cascade - created by youngsters from local schools and artist Lucy Coyne.

The eye-catching piece is hanging in the Winter Garden as a centrepiece of the Sheffield Children’s Festival.

It is themed around the centenary of stainless steel since it was discovered by Harry Brearley.

Features include historical buildings such as cutlery works, an old-fashioned water wheel and people.

Artist Lucy, who is based in Nether Edge, said: “It’s all pretty much 100 per cent stainless steel apart from writing which is in acrylic.

“I spent three days installing the piece and, because it’s made of hundreds of pieces, you can’t make it or see what it is like before you put it up.

“I was really pleased with the finished result because it is a lot of things to come together.

“It’s a cascade so it was really representing coming from the rivers and a cascade of objects, people and places coming down to represent Sheffield past and present.”

Pupils from Forge Valley Community School in Stannington designed and created some of the laser-cut pieces in the sculpture.

It also allowed children from primary schools to use more traditional methods, such as pliers, to add to the sculpture.

Rainbow Forge Primary, Marlcliffe Primary, Bents Green School, Limpsfield Juniors and Concord Junior schools were also involved in the project.

The sculpture will be in the Winter Garden until September.

The children’s festival runs until Saturday, July 6, with upcoming events including a performance of Hamlet at The Octagon on Western Bank from 7pm.

Brinsworth Howarth School is staging the play.