Location: On the slope below the western end of Drakehouse Lane West, Beighton. The sculpture overlooks the prominent roundabout on Eckington Way (B6053). The noticeboard is next to a bench behind the sculpture. (A-Z p. 115 4F)
Description: A plinth faced in granite on which is a large circular stainless steel circle, 2.5 m in diameter, supported by two feet on either side. Within the circle is a star of steel inset with eight triangles of bronze; the central circle is also infilled with bronze. These bronze sections are decorated with images in relief, those on the rear of the sculpture are obviously the work of children. The central section on the front of the sculpture contains 2 miner's helmets, a horse shoe, a brick, the tines of a fork, an anvil, a hand bell and a vaporiser. The compass points contain a total of 85 images of people and activities in Beighton made by local people. Items of note include a horse made by Ted Singleton, retired ploughman, who used to work the fields on which the monument now stands.
Inscriptions: There are numerous inscriptions set into the images on the front and rear of the piece which identify the images in which they are placed. eg. BMWMVC: (for Beighton Miners Welfare Male Voice Choir) next to images of a miner's helmet, pick and shovel; and also a musical stave. REDDISH / BEIGHTON: on an image of a brick. "By the Sea": next to an image of a person rowing a boat.
On rear of sculpture: This work celebrates the people and places of Beighton and was made with help from: 49th Sheffield 1st Beighton Scout Group / Becton Fellowship of the Services / Beighton Allotment Association / Beighton Historic Society / Beighton Community Hospital / Beighton Community Partnership / Beighton Environment Group / Beighton Nursery Infant School / Beighton Methodist Church / Beighton Miners' Welfare Male Voice Choir / Beighton Social Club / Beighton Sports & Leisure Club / Beighton Villages Development Trust / Beighton WI / Brushstrokes Art Group / Crystal Peaks Library / Decoupage Class / Drapers Dance Centre / Girlguiding Beighton District / Reignhead Primary School / St Mary's Church / The Limes Luncheon Club / and all the people who made their mark // Part funded by the European Union
Commission: Project managed by Eventus, Workstation, Sheffield on behalf of Full Circle, a creative environment and heritage project managed by Eventus in partnership with Beighton Villages Development Trust. The Public Art Consultant was James Copp. Funding from Objective 1 (Priority 4b former coal and steel communities)
Launch date: 15th July, 2004. Formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Mike Pye and Ted Singleton. Blessing by Reverend Mike Cameron, St Mary's Church.
Sources: Interviews with the artist and Clare McManus from Eventus