New heights for city art

Artist David  Cottetell with rope access technician Adam Long from local company, Access Techniques Ltd - preparing for the Tinsley Art Project
Artist David Cottetell with rope access technician Adam Long from local company, Access Techniques Ltd - preparing for the Tinsley Art Project
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Artist David Cotterell scaled a 90-metre-high chimney in order to capture a 360 degree ‘bird’s eye view’ of the Sheffield landscape - as part of the new Tinsley Art Project.

David, Professor of Fine Arts at Sheffield Hallam University, made a number of climbs up the chimney, at E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant, to install a high tech camera for the project, which captured the changing activity of the landscape over 12 hours.

The edited film will be used as part of the artist’s brief for the main art commission and will be shown at an exhibition of David’s work from August 8.

The project was funded by a £500,00 pledge from E.ON when the Tinsley cooling towers were demolished back in 2008.

“It’s a little terrifying climbing up but the view is incredible and really helps you to understand how crucial this place is to the functioning of the city,” said David, aged 41.

“From the top of the chimney you see and appreciate the road network, the river, canal, rail, tram and footpaths that all converge on this point. The story of Sheffield is written in this view - you look west along the valley over the city centre to the Peak District, from where the fast flowing streams powered the city’s first industry.

“To the east are the coal measures that once fuelled heavy industry and below the sites of the former steel works where Sheffield’s reputation as steel maker to the world was forged.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, added: “We are looking forward to producing something really special in the area that will act as an integral part of the regeneration of the area and a real asset for the city.”