Michael Johnson

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Material: stainless steel

Wards Brewery was the last commercial brewery in Sheffield. It was sited on Ecclesall Road, one of the main radial roads into Sheffield. Wards has a very distinctive frontage and was a local landmark.
The site has now been redeveloped into apartments, retaining a number of the original Wards buildings. I was commissioned to make three sculptures for the site, one for the main frontage and two others for Porters Brook walk, a pedestrian walkway to the side of the development established by the City Council to encourage walking and cycling. For the front of the building I made a hop, enlarged to 2.5 metres high, in stainless steel. Two smaller works mark the entrance to Porters Brook walk.

Hop - Ecclesall Road, Sheffield 2004

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