On cue for a work of art

Darren Richardson's Macromolecule 136 in the Winter Garden.
Darren Richardson's Macromolecule 136 in the Winter Garden.

A GLEAMING structure in the Winter Garden may leave visitors snookered.

Comprising 136 stainless steel spheres, it’s a sculpture – and a seat – designed by Sheffield artist Darren Richardson and coinciding with the World Snooker Championships and the Galvanize festival.

Called Macromolecule 136, the piece is to be contemplated as an abstract object as well as for its practical purpose.

Darren, an associate lecturer in design at Hallam University, said: “The original concept of using balls came about because Galvanize Sheffield coincided with the snooker championships at the Crucible this year and I wanted a subtle link.

“The balls became stainless steel spheres that related to the water features found outside the Winter Garden and took on a chameleon quality using multiple reflections to provide new views of the surroundings that constantly change with the natural light conditions.”

The structure will be in place throughout the snooker tournament.

Darren, who has had a studio at Yorkshire Artspace for 23 years, has designed sculpture, furniture, shop and office interiors, sets and props for theatre, film and TV.