Sculpture is on the move

Sculptures in Sheffield 1. Double Somersault ,Childrens Hospital'ARTOW
Sculptures in Sheffield 1. Double Somersault ,Childrens Hospital'ARTOW
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A sculpture which has stood outside Sheffield Children’s Hospital for almost 40 years has been taken away while work gets going on a £40m redevelopment scheme - but it’s set to return.

The 12ft high stainless steel artwork - made by sculptor William Pye and titled Double Somersault - has gone into temporary storage while builders create a new underground car park and patient drop-off area.

Contractors and a crane operator spent around four hours removing the sculpture from its concrete base.

It was then covered in 50 metres of bubble wrap and hoisted on to the back of a lorry.

Project manager Alan Heathcote said: “The sculpture means a lot to the hospital and so we have taken great care in ensuring that it is safely removed and placed in storage.

“We are looking forward to bringing this sculpture home to a redeveloped hospital that will have greater parking capacity and world class facilities.”

The hospital’s revamp will bring a new outpatients department, more modern wards and a new main reception area.

The artwork will find a new home at the site following the redevelopment.