Bold building for a better future

Morre Street Substation by Peter klare
Morre Street Substation by Peter klare
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A FIVE-storey metal statue sits atop one of Sheffield’s most iconic landmarks in this bizarre vision of the city’s future.

The image of Moore Street Substation is taken from a new book in which artists and writers from around Europe offer ways to, ahem, improve the Steel City.

Their proposals imagine a world in which budget, building regulations and presumably good taste have no limits.

The Oaks Water Tower, in Norton, is also featured being turned into a camera obscura, while Park Hill flats are divided into self-contained units and sent off to be rebuilt in cities around the world.

“What are the chances of any of these being made reality?” ponders Julie Westerman, the Sheffield Hallam University fine arts lecturer behind the project. “I would say about zero.

“But that’s not the point. This was about both generating ideas and celebrating the amazing brutalist architecture we have right here in Sheffield. It was about showing with a little bit of imagination these buildings can be relevant for decades to come.”

The Moore Street vision is by Berlin artist Peter Klare.

Castle Market, Holy Cross Church, in Gleadless Valley, and the former Psalter Lane Art College - now demolished - also fall under scrutiny.

The book, Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy, published by Site Gallery, is available from September 9.