Location: Robin Lane, Beighton
Description: A 1.5 metre Grey Galloway granite block with stainless steel and bronze inset surrounded by 44 gritstone flags, carved in community workshops. The stainless steel inset consists of images of Beighton past and present, cut to reflect the shape of an Anderton Shearer, used to cut coal from the face. A bronze plaque on the back contains collages made by local children and an inscription explaining the compostion of the steel inset.
Inscription: On stainless front of block: BEIGHTON / BECTUM On bronze plaque on rear of stone: This sculpture / shows Beighton, both past / and present. Contemporary / Beighton is shown in the top half / of the sculpture, historic Beighton / is depicted underneath. The past is shown / as a reflection of the present. Older / buildings are visible in both images / as some are still standing, whereas / others have been lost and / replaced with new / structures On brass plates on flagstones: This work celebrates the past and present of Beighton and was made with help from: / Beighton Community Cyber Cafe / Beighton Historic Society / Beighton Sports & Leisure Club / Beighton Youth Club / Brook House Junior School / Crafty Kids / Dyslexic Ribers / The Limes Luncheon Club / and all the people who made their mark // Part funded by the European Union Dimensions: block granite; stainless steel; bronze 150cm high x 150cm wide x 60cm deep 44 stone tiles gritstone; brass 30cm high x 30cm wide 38 tiles have been carved, the four corner tiles are plain, 2 contain brass plaques.
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. Public Art Consultant 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 Paige Cooper, Beighton Princess. Blessing by Reverend Jennifer Mullis, Beighton Methodist Church.
Comment: The quality of the carving of the stone tiles is somewhat at odds with the machine cut precision of the stainless steel inset.