Sheffield relief carving begins.
I have just started work on a new piece, a relief carving which will be set into a wall in the industrial heart of Sheffield. The 4.5m x 2m Woodkirk Sandstone sculpture will be sited in the external wall of a new BMW building which has been constructed on the site of the former British Midland railway sidings. In its hay day, these sidings would have been rammed with railway trucks and wagons servicing the booming steel industry in the City.
The sculpture was inspired by a walk that I took around the site a few months ago. A group of men who had just finished their shift walked past me laughing and joking with one another. I reflected on how this would have looked when the railways were at their peak and chose to echo this in the sculpture. The relief carving, constructed from 6 pieces of sandstone, focuses on the close knit relationship between the workers and the camaraderie that exists in the group. The life sized artwork is well underway and features around 10 rail workers and will be installed around June.