Sheffield artists skills to ‘frame history’

Sheffield artist Simon Wells is creating pieces of landscape art from obsolete tax discs
Sheffield artist Simon Wells is creating pieces of landscape art from obsolete tax discs
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Now car tax discs have become obsolete most people would view them as worthless – but not one Sheffield artist.

Simon Wells, aged 41, has come up with a new use for the colourful paper circles, giving them life beyond the dashboard after new rules came in meaning they no longer have to be displayed.

Sheffield artist Simon Wells is creating pieces of landscape art from obsolete tax discs

Sheffield artist Simon Wells is creating pieces of landscape art from obsolete tax discs

The 41-year-old creates landscape pieces of art by arranging the discs to resemble, mountains, trees and water.

The idea first came to him when entering an open work exhibition at Sheffield’s Access Space, on Sidney Street in the city centre.

Simon, from Broomhall, said: ““I try to make my work topical. I entered a piece to the exhibition last year that incorporated audio cassettes as it was the 50th anniversary of the tapes.

“Knowing tax discs were becoming obsolete I thought using them in art would be a good way to frame a piece of history.

“So far I’ve collected them from family and friends, but I’m having to buy more online to continue.”

Simon’s entry to the 20x20 exhibition at Access Space, titled Tax Disc Road Trip, can be viewed until the end of the month.

Anyone with unwanted discs can contact Simon on simon@dramateaching.com