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Tesco saves art sculpture

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Campaigners who are trying to save Heavy Plant, a sculpture at Sheffield Technology Park from 1989.

Heavy plant MC 1 Campaigners who are trying to save Heavy Plant, a sculpture at Sheffield Technology Park from 1989.

A Sheffield sculpture under threat of the bulldozer has been saved by campaigners after a supermarket chain pledged £5,000 to fund it being relocated.

Heavy Plant, based at Shefftechpark’s car park off Howard Lane in the city centre, was built by sculptor David Kemp in 1989 from a mixture of recycled industrial materials.

It was due to be knocked down in August to clear a path for new student accommodation, Pearl Works, with a built-in Tesco Metro store.

But campaigners are celebrating after Tesco confirmed the store would put in the cash to move it, and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust announced it will find a new home for the piece.

The £5,000 from Tesco will fund the costs of completing 3D scans of the structure and moving it to Kelham Island Museum, where Sheffield sculptor Jason Heppenstall will add to the design with a new layer.

Campaign organiser Sara Hill said: “I am so thrilled and delighted. We’ve been so overwhelmed with all the support from the community. It means a lot to me and I’m glad it means a lot to the community as well. I’m over the moon.”

Chief executive of the trust, John Hamshere, said: “I am pleased to help save Heavy Plant by offering space to store it at Kelham Island Museum while a new permanent home is found and funds raised to re-erect it so we can continue to appreciate this expression of Sheffield’s industrial heritage.

“I always enjoyed looking at Heavy Plant as I walked to meetings at the university, because of course it is made of the sort of material that first drew me to become an industrial archaeologist in the first place many years ago.”

 

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