My giant portrait on Sheffield landmark - VIDEO

LET'S face it - here's one piece of art it's impossible to miss.

A giant portrait 25 metres high and 18 metres across is set to dominate the Sheffield skyline over the next few weeks as it hangs from Park Hill flats.

More than 1,000 images of 500 young people from 15 city schools have been put together to create a photographic mosaic of 11-year-old Sherrelle Parker, a pupil at Wybourn's Emmaus Primary.

The Close Up project is one of the highlights of this year's Sheffield Children's Festival, which runs until July 3.

The portrait hanging from Europe's largest listed building has been backed by Park Hill's developer Urban Splash and the city council.

Organisers hope the work will show how important children are to arts and culture in the city as Sheffield bids to become the first UK City of Culture in 2013.

Primary pupils from schools on the Manor, from the Arbourthorne and from Darnall worked with artist, photographer and filmmaker Esther Johnson over the last three months to create their own self portraits.

Using a technique popularised by artist Chuck Close, the images have been positioned to create the image of Sherrelle.

Sherrelle was chosen from a shortlist of children drawn up by the participating schools after each was asked to nominate a pupil who they felt had made a real contribution to their community and would best represent the spirit of the district.

The Emmaus youngster was described by her school as an 'exemplary Y6 pupil and a member of the School Council'.

Coun Roger Davison, cabinet member for culture, sport and tourism, said Close Up was a project that was unique to Sheffield.

"It's an excellent addition to the Sheffield Children's Festival, now one of the largest and longest running festivals of its kind in the UK.

"We are all really proud of the children involved, who represent the diverse culture, creativity and imagination of Sheffield brilliantly."

All the schools involved in the Close Up project have also been chosen to be part of an initiative called The Learning Year, which has featured workshops concentrating on literacy, maths, design and creativity.

Learning Year director Victoria Catton said: "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Sheffield Children's Festival, having initiated and funded drama, music and visual art projects for over 10,000 young people from south east Sheffield schools over the past 10 years."

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