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Project turns Sheffield pupils into human statues

Steve Mehdi with the young artists from Netherthorpe School in the Addy Street play space in Upperthorpe.

Steve Mehdi with the young artists from Netherthorpe School in the Addy Street play space in Upperthorpe.

Artist Steve Mehdi inspired children from a Sheffield primary school to go to their local park and turn themselves into human sculptures.

Ten children from Netherthorpe Primary transformed themselves for the competition, using all sorts of recycled materials.

They stood on plinths dating back to the 1800s to be judged by Steve, creator of the much-anticipated Yorkshire Man of Steel statue.

The Lottery-funded Living with Nature team organised the competition to encourage children to think how they could better use play spaces in their community. The stone plinths will form the centrepiece of improvements being carried out in the Addy Street area of Upperthorpe.

Coun Harry Harpham, Cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “Anything that encourages people to use the green spaces in our neighbourhoods is a good thing.

“The Living with Nature team has done an excellent job of engaging council estate communities in all their improvements.”

Steve told the children: “I’ve had a good look at all the sculptures and each one is fantastic. You’ve even given me lots of ideas for some sculptures I could make in the future.”

The winner was James with his World of Warcraft-inspired suit of armour.

Alison Somerset-Ward from the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham said: “We’d love this green space to be used more by local children and today was to show some how they can incorporate what’s already there into their play time.”

Upperthorpe locals are invited to join the team on Tuesday, April 8, from 3.30pm, at the Addy Street play space, to help plant flowers.

 

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