Each artist submitted designs for each of the five sites of the project. Paul Swales, Sheffield's Public Art Officer at the time, and instigator of the project, co-ordinated the selection of artist and site in discussions with those commissioning the works.
Location: Castle Square.
Description: The two rams are facing each other separated by a tiny space. Many of the surfaces of the stone have been left uncarved, the rear of one of the rams still shows shot-hole marks. The sculpture is located in front of railings by the Sheffield jeweller, Brett Payne.
Commission: One of the pieces made during the Stone City Symposium, (19 June and 16 July 1995). Funding for the creation of Castle Square, which replaced the 'Hole-in-the-Road'designed in the 1960's, came from a variety of sources.
Comment: A popular piece with children who can often be seen climbing onto it. The artist was brought up on a working farm on the North Downs. His father was still working with sheep there when this piece was made. Artist's Statement: (from the publicity leaflet for Stone City) "Carved in two blocks of stone the animals charge against each other expressing a feeling of strength and movement. One ram leans into the other and on impact causes an arch in its opponent's back"