Steel City past marked with new city art mural

Artist Peter Barber completes Sheffield Cityscape mural on Wellington Street
Artist Peter Barber completes Sheffield Cityscape mural on Wellington Street

Sheffield’s Steel City history has been celebrated with the creation of a new art mural in the city centre.

The dilapidated wall on the side of The Brewhouse, Wellington Street, was selected for the revamp after being nominated in a national competition run by paint firm Dulux.

Nominated by local resident, Felicity Hoy said the artwork would ‘brighten up the drab area and help make people’s walk through town much more enjoyable’.

The winning illustration, called Stay Bright, pays tribute to Sheffield’s heritage as the Steel City and was designed by local artist Emily Forgot.

She said: “I decided to use the phrase “Stay Bright!” after discovering a derelict steel works in my research called Stay Brite works – it’s a nice reference to Sheffield’s industrial heritage without being too cliche. Growing up in Sheffield, I have personally grown to love modernism as a movement in design so wanted to pay homage to the city’s embrace of modernism, its idealism and optimism in the post-war era.”

The job of painting the mural was carried out by fellow artist Peter Barber, 34, from Chesterfield. He said the artwork, which was completed last week, had received plenty of positive feedback.

Peter said: “The wall was in a bit of a state with graffiti tags and algae growing off it and was really dilapidated. It was chosen to make a real impact. We are really pleased with it. A lot of people walking past have all been saying nice things.”

Johnny Corbett, Dulux marketing manager, said: “We hope this project inspires people to be more creative and imaginative with colour”.