Ooh la, la! Residents’ model Eiffel Tower is dream exhibit

Dreams: Residents at Alexander Court created a replica Eiffel Tower out of straws as part of a dementia art project.
Dreams: Residents at Alexander Court created a replica Eiffel Tower out of straws as part of a dementia art project.
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AN EIFFEL Tower six feet high and made of straws was fashioned by residents at a Sheffield care home as part of a dementia exhibition.

Old folk at Alexander Court Care Home on Lydgate Lane in Crookes themed their work for the Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition around the idea of ‘dreams’.

Eight residents, aged between 85 and 100, made sculptures. Among them was former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Jim Hurrell, aged 95, who made a silver trophy to represent the FA Cup, recalling his time as a player.

Other residents built the model of the Eiffel Tower to represent the dream of an evening in Paris.

Barbara Pickering, event co-ordinator, said: “The tower was eight feet high but I had to cut it down because it looked more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa!”

The sculptures will now go on display at Sheffield University’s Jessop West gallery from 10am to 4pm from May 23 to 27.