Amazing IKEA sculpture outside Sheffield station to get new home

The striking sculpture of a peregrine falcon outside Sheffield train station could soon be taking flight.

Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 12:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 1:55 pm
Allen the Peregrine, outside Sheffield railway station

The bird of prey, constructed from 17,000 IKEA allen keys, set up nest beside the entrance in September as part of efforts to promote the flat-pack giant's new store near Meadowhall.

It is set to move across the city to take pride of place outside the University of Sheffield's Diamond building on Leavy Greave Road, in the city centre.

The spot outside the university's Diamond building which Allen the Peregrine will soon call home (University of Sheffield)

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The location was chosen as it is close to the peregrine falcon nesting site at St George's Church, whose occupants' movements are streamed live online by the university, aiding research into the magnificent birds' behaviour.

The sculpture, known as Allen the Peregrine, was created by West Yorkshire artist Jason Heppenstall.

Sheffield Council approved the university's application to shift the artwork last Friday, and the move is expected to take place this spring.

The spot outside the university's Diamond building which Allen the Peregrine will soon call home (University of Sheffield)