Czech this out: art gets a permanent home

Czech artiist Katerina Seda at the Millenium Gallery. She has been commissioned by Sheffield Museums working on The Lisen Profile
Czech artiist Katerina Seda at the Millenium Gallery. She has been commissioned by Sheffield Museums working on The Lisen Profile
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IT is a startling art project created more than 600 miles away in the tiny Czech town of Líšen – but it will now be given a permanent home here in Sheffield.

Artist Katerina Seda brought 500 people together to draw her home town skyline in the image of a chosen local person’s face.

Sounds difficult? It wasn’t.

People flocked from across the country to take part and the results are a stunning – often, downright bizarre – collection of 500 black and white images.

Look at each picture one way and it’s a face, look another and it’s a skyline, look at again and, frankly, it doesn’t look much like either. But that’s art.

It must be – the Contemporary Art Society have spent £60,000 bringing it here.

But why?

“It’s an immensely satisfying piece,” says Chris Harvey, of Museums Sheffield.

“Those themes of community and of shared experiences are real Sheffield qualities.”

The full exhibition is running at the Millennium Gallery until May 30 before a part of it is placed in The Graves Gallery permanently.