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New video bid to save Sheffield sculpture

Campaigners are trying to save Heavy Plant, a sculpture at Sheffield Technology Park from 1989.

Campaigners are trying to save Heavy Plant, a sculpture at Sheffield Technology Park from 1989.

A campaign to save a Sheffield sculpture from being bulldozed is ‘gathering pace’, according to its organiser.

Heavy Plant, built by sculptor David Kemp in 1989, uses a mixture of recycled industrial materials and is based at Shefftechpark’s car park in Howard Lane in the city centre.

It will be removed in August to clear a path for new university dorms known as Pearl Works, unless a push to save the sculpture succeeds.

The Save Heavy Plant campaign has now released a documentary video about the structure’s history.

Protesters have also approached Tesco, which is set to have a store inside the ground floor of the new accommodation, to ask it to help.

Sara Hill said: “When I first told Tesco about it, they made encouraging noises.

“They told me I will have an answer by the end of the week, and they haven’t yet said no to helping out.

“We have had more interest since a piece went in The Star last week, and the campaign is gathering pace.

“A local chap, Chip Waite, is designing a poster to save it - it’s going to be really iconic.

“I’m feeling positive.

“A lot of people are coming forward to give us their support and we have had some more people volunteer.”

Angus Macdonald, of C’Art Art Transport, said his firm was looking at whether it could move the sculpture.

The group is looking to find the sculpture a new home somewhere in Sheffield - in a location which will ‘preserve its cultural heritage’.

 

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