Soaraway city shows its metal with festival

Galvanize Launch Winter gardens .   Michael Kusz with his work Director Cut.
Galvanize Launch Winter gardens . Michael Kusz with his work Director Cut.
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A BIRD made by hand are these two in the bush – and what a pair of bronzed beauties they are.

The soaring artwork has been installed in the undergrowth of Sheffield’s Winter Garden to kick off Galvanize, the month-long metal manufacturing festival which begins today.

The piece, called Director Cut and made by Yorkshire artist Michael Kusz, symbolises how the city’s metal past has allowed it to fly, and has been placed next to a specially commissioned seat crafted by local lad Darren Richardson.

A different derriere-rest is created each year and is a popular feature of the festival – now in its fourth year.

“Sheffield is home to some of the best silversmiths in the UK,” says spokeswoman Nichola Atherton.

“It is synonymous with the metal trades, famed for its production of fine cutlery and heavy engineering. The festival is an affirmation that investing in skills in making beautiful treasures, practical tools and powerful products is at the heart of the city’s future.”

Quite.

The extravaganza will feature walks, exhibitions and demonstrations across the city. Details at www.galvinizefestival.com