Michael Johnson

Spire - Kelham Island, Sheffield, 2006

Material: stainless steel, bronze and grindstones


This 16 feet high sculpture is on the site of a former grindstone works, where ‘stone-time’ was rented out by the day or week to bladesmiths or small edge-tool makers. Layers of steel encase grindstones rescued from the building during demolition.  Also fitted into the steelwork are bronze castings of Sheffield knives and blades.


Spire 2006