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STUDIO DOWNIE

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Studio Downie has worked with Gerry Judah to develop Judah's concept for a sculpture which is intended to serve as a beacon for the cause of human rights throughout the world and to reflect the aspirations of the people of Sheffield. The site is an open plot, formerly occupied by the old Sheaf Valley Baths, on the pedestrian and cycle route between Sheffield Hallam University and the Ponds Forge Leisure Centre. The sculpture is 22m high and 18m across; it will be made of high-yield carbon steel tubing, stainless-steel sheet and wire mesh. Clusters of specially designed fibre-optic sand-blasted glass candles will be set into stainless-steel niches in the wire-mesh wings. Studio Downie has designed the landscape for the new square. It will comprise a grassy outer area surrounding the sculpture which will be set in a tilting tear-shaped area of black slate - a link between the city and a place of reflection and calm. Landscape designer Victor Shanley has advised on the planting scheme of grasses and wild flowers.

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