Peeling Road artwork arrives in TinsleyPosted by: Molly McGreevy
Artist Alex Chinneck with his Peeling Road sculpture.
Alex Chinneck’s sculpture features a car hanging upside down
Drivers in Tinsley might get a shock this morning, as they pass a peeling section of road complete with gravity-defying car on Sheffield Road.
The public art, which is close to the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, is the work of acclaimed British artist Alex Chinneck, and will be on display from 13 – 17 September.
This week-long installation named Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together aims to demonstrate the potential of public art to engage local residents and visitors, and to promote awareness of the Tinsley Art Project as the artist prepares to share his permanent proposals for the area, which will also be on Sheffield Road and will be completed in summer 2019.
Alex was appointed to deliver the Tinsley Art Project, the biggest-ever public art commission for Sheffield, in 2016. Speaking about the installation, Alex said: “The scale and theatricality of my work means that it really needs to be seen to be believed. This temporary piece gives local people the opportunity to get to know me and my work better, before hearing about the monumental project that we are developing for the city region.”
Alex worked with a team of structural engineers, steel benders, scenic artists, metal workers, carpenters, tarmac-layers and road-painters to create the installation. As he continues with the project, Alex will work with businesses based locally, including E:ON, Meadowhall owners British Land, IKEA (which is currently running a huge programme of events to celebrate the opening of its Sheffield store), the Canal and River Trust, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.
A series of public events that set out the long-term vision for the canal are also running during September. The first of these will be a public presentation in Sheffield Town Hall on 21 September, followed by an exhibition of the proposals at Sheffield Waterfront Festival from 23 September, and artist-led tours of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, from 29 September to 1 October.