Works of heart help celebrate Meadowhall’s anniversary

Heart at Train station
Heart at Train station

‘Heart’work created as part of Meadowhall’s 25th anniversary celebrations is on display across South Yorkshire.

The Meadowhall Hearts project saw the shopping centre working with local companies, groups and communities to create giant hearts, each individually decorated, for a display at Meadowhall.

But now the 5ft high 3D heart sculptures have gone back to their creators to be displayed elsewhere.

All the groups who worked on the hearts were supported by professional artists who helped to turn the blank canvas hearts into something that represents their group and the wider community as a whole.

The Star was one of the firms which decorated a heart with images and stories showcasing the work of its staff.

They were first unveiled on Meadowhall’s birthday - September 4 - and were then displayed in the malls for a number of weeks.

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce, said “The hearts project was one of the highlights of the birthday celebrations. We were celebrating 25 years of bringing people together but this project also produced a lasting visual legacy that the local communities and groups can now enjoy for many years to come.”

Ann Bentley, Secretary of Wincobank Tenants and Residents Association, added: “We were delighted to take part in the project and had a lot of fun bringing our heart to life; making sure it represented something unique about the community.

Our Wincobank Heart is going to take pride of place outside new Wincobank village hall which is due to be later this month.”

Fran Lightfoot, from St Luke’s Hospice, which also took part, said: “Since being displayed at Meadowhall, our Heart has been hosted by both the Winter Gardens and Sheffield Train Station and it has been fantastic to see the public engage with it in both locations.

“We are looking to display our Heart in additional locations in Sheffield throughout 2016 as a thank you to the people of Sheffield for their incredible support for our vital work supporting terminally ill adults and their loved ones.”