Sheffield ‘Man of Steel’ sculpture planning bid submitted

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AMBITIOUS proposals for the first of three giant sculptures which could stretch across the Don Valley are being submitted for planning permission.

Sculpturer Steve Mehdi, a former steelworker, has designed a giant stainless steel man, which will be 20 metres high and sit on a 20 metre coal coloured plinth - symbolic of the area’s industrial past.

It will cost up to £3 million to build.

Mr Mehdi, aged 56, who now lives in Grindleford, said: “I have been working with Sheffield-based Axis architects and we are now finalising our application which we plan to hand in to Rotherham Council next week.

“We are hoping to build the sculpture on a former landfill site owned by Waste Recycling Group, at Kimberworth. The company has offered us the land.

“We have several stakeholders who are prepared to fund the project but we will make an announcement about that once we get planning approval from the council.”

Mr Mehdi said his plans for the sculpture have an ‘educational side’ - involving work in schools to discuss local history.

He is to attend Valley Park Primary and Bolsterstone schools after the Easter holidays.

Mr Mehdi said although he developed his plans as a possible replacement for the Tinsley cooling towers, his sculpture project is unrelated to a scheme backed by power generation company e.on to fund a piece of major public artwork close to where the old towers stood.

And former Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn said work is still ‘progressing’ on his separate plans for a third piece of public art - a giant stainless steel football stand ing on a lattice tower.

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