Stunning new public artworks unveiled at Sheffield's iconic Park Hill flats

Park Hill in Sheffield is the home for five new pieces of art and street furniture for people to play with and even climb on.

By Julia Armstrong
Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 9:31 am

Installed on the sculpture plinths in the landscaped area of the redeveloped flats, they provide additional seating for the residents, local community and visitors and some animal sculptures that children are welcome to clamber over.

Create Partnerships is Sheffield-based independent collective that is owned by entrepreneur Paul Collings. It provides play areas, street furniture, street lighting, sports facilities and early years outdoor learning settings.

The five pieces at Park Hill include two benches, a model bear, a wooden snail and a large concrete stone.

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Chloe Lumm with one of the new Park Hill sculptures

His company has worked with Urban Splash and Places for People, who masterminded the Park Hill redevelopment.

Paul said: “We are delighted to partner with Urban Splash with their inspirational redevelopment of the iconic Park Hill flats, and to exhibit some of our sculptural play and urban furniture elements on their outdoor plinths for the residents to enjoy.”

Greg Ball said on behalf of the joint venture: “The sculpture plinths are versatile outdoor exhibition spaces and we are really pleased that our first use of them is with Create Partnerships.

Elsie Harris enjoys getting to know the Bear

“As well as being recognised as an urban regeneration developer we are also known for our support for the arts and that we recognise that art plays an integral part in creating environments that build communities.

"In the few days since these pieces have appeared on the plinths it has been great to see them being so well used and the Richter snail and bear are a magnet for young children as well as providing another play area for those who attend the nursery.”

The installations will remain in place and maybe changed from time to time and replaced with other inspiring street furniture. Watch this space!

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