0 Have your say The Marble Players, Sheen, Plane Spotters and the Ali Babas - to those not in the know these are merely cryptic phrases. But all are public artworks freely on show in Sheffield, a mere handful of the hundreds of pieces commissioned over the years to enhance new spaces, commemorate events and champion culture.While some, such as the stainless steel Cutting Edge water feature outside the railway station, and Colin Rose’s Rain – the nine metal spheres between the Peace Gardens and Winter Garden – have woven themselves into the fabric of the city, others have faded into obscurity.The Marble Players, for instance, is on Attercliffe Common, and depicts a boy and girl in the middle of a game of marbles, carved in Derbyshire gritstone by artist Vega Bermejo. The piece was never formally unveiled on its completion in 1992, and the children’s glass marbles have been broken and removed. The Plane Spotters, meanwhile, has had a chequered history. Commissioned by the council in the 1990s for the ill-fated Sheffield City Airport, Mike Disley’s limestone sculpture of a man and woman was kept in a quarry in Doncaster for several years and now sits, chipped and damaged, on… Read full this story
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