Video: £500,000 public art project for site of Sheffield’s Tinsley Towers

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A new £500,000 public art project is to be created at the former home of Sheffield’s famous Tinsley cooling towers.

Sheffield Council has announced details of the new scheme - almost six years to the day since the towers were demolished.

Sheffield's iconic Tinsley Towers being demolished in 2008.

Sheffield's iconic Tinsley Towers being demolished in 2008.

When the towers went down on August 25, 2008, it had been intended that a new £4 million public artwork would be created, with the aid of a £500,000 donation from energy company E.ON.

But, following the global financial crisis, the plans were downscaled for a smaller scheme to be created instead. Details of the new plans have now been revealed, which will be paid for using the money provided by E.ON.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, said: “I am thrilled to see that this work is now coming to fruition and would love to think that, in the future, families and art lovers will come to the area to see something just as iconic in the place of the famous towers.”

Over the coming months, an artist will be selected and designs for a significant artwork - or artworks - will be drawn up.

It is intended that the work will link to footpaths and cycleways in the area to help make it an attractive visitor destination. The project will reflect both the industrial past of Sheffield and the city’s future.

The scheme will be closely linked to the wider regeneration of the lower Don Valley, which is to include a new link road to relieve congestion on the M1, a new flood defence scheme, and E.ON’s new £120 million biomass plant.

Artist David Cotterrell has been appointed for an initial commission which will explore the potential for the major piece of public art in the area, which will help to form the basis of the final brief.

Shelia Sutherland, a member of the project board, said: “We know that there are significant restraints on sites for the artwork and the budget, but we don’t think that has to stop us having something exceptional in this part of the city.”

Following the completion of scoping work, the tender process will begin for the main work of art.