Sheffield, South Yorkshire
View of internal courtyard. Location: New Student Residences behind the Old Fire Station (now Bar Coast), Division Street, S1. Description: Window grilles on each window of the building. Stencilled words have cut out of metal plate in a utilitarian fashion. The words form three poems, one can be read across the Rockingham Street Facade, one from Rockingham Lane, and one viewed around the internal courtyard. Commission: Commisioned for Phoenix Court by 'Off The Shelf'. Sponsored by Northern Counties Housing with help from HLM Architects. The building has been leased to Sheffield Hallam University as student housing. Comment: Zephaniah was seen as an eminently suitable choice for a building which was to be used as a student residence. He was also visiting Sheffield as part of a Festival promoting literature called 'Off the Shelf' which ran throughout October 1998. Copyright: We are very grateful to Benjamin Zephaniah for permission to print the texts of the three poems. MINDS RAISE YOUR HEADS AND DANCE THE DANCE OF MINDS THAT ARE ADVENTUROUS FOR IF YOU TAKE THIS UPWARD GLANCE YOUR NATURE MUST BE CURIOUS. AND IF YOU GO BEYOND THE LINES YOU'RE STRIVING TO BE LIMITLESS SUCH WONDROUS AND SUCH PLAYFUL MINDS ARE AT THE HEART OF ALL OF US. AS YOU GAZE UPON THIS STEEL KNOW THAT THIS STEEL IS FROM THIS GROUND, NOW LET YOUR PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE FEEL THE UNITY THAT YOU HAVE FOUND. MUSIC MAKERS MADE THIS PLACE WITH THOUGHT AND SWEAT AND MUCH FINANCE, NOW THAT YOUR MIND IS IN THIS SPACE RAISE YOUR HEADS AND DANCE THE DANCE. WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?
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British. Born in Jamaica.
Urban renewal -- England -- Sheffield
Blacks -- Poetry