Sheffield, South Yorkshire
steel - stainless , wire , gripples
Detail showing the spider. Location: Exterior wall of System Gripple Factory, at the corner of Firth Drive and Saville Street. Description: A large metal spider, several smaller flat spiders and a spider's web of wire held together by "gripples". Commission: The project was overseen by Public Arts Agency on behalf of System Gripple, the owners of the factory, who commissioned the piece. Comment: This piece was constructed using the firm's product, the "gripple", a metal clamp that joins steel wires together. The smaller spiders were made by workers at System Gripple using a maquette designed by Johnny White. It was opened by Prince Charles during a visit to the city in January 1995. The information plaques at the site have now been vandalised. Two of the wires spun by the smaller spiders have broken at the point at which they meet the spider - these no longer hang tautly. (November 2000)
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Sculptor. Ex-staff at Sheffield Hallam University.
Sculpture -- England -- Sheffield
Public art -- England -- Sheffield
Animals in art