27 Jan 2013

Forkocactus spoonelliflora



One of the much-loved sculptures in the Millennium Gallery because of its kinetic aspect, is Forkocactus Spoonelliflora by the local sculptor, Johnny White, who works mainly in steel and stainless steel.  It was commissioned in 2008 to celebrate the ten years of Museums Sheffield and reflects the metal-working industry and cutlery manufacture in the city.
Plants that grow in the Winter Garden which adjoins the Millennium Gallery were the inspiration for the cactus design.




All the cutlery for the sculpture was donated by the people of Sheffield, many of whom would have had connections with the metal working industry.  There's a slot for money to drop into the base which sets off musical sounds from the percussion instruments that can be viewed through the small windows.  The money is used to support exhibition and educational projects in the museums in Sheffield.




There's another unusual sculpture in the Millennium Gallery by Johnny White which also incorporates cutlery in its design. More about that next time.



12 comments:

  1. i really really like this sculpture, the looks of it and the fact it is recycled. the spoons make beautiful flowers...

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  2. Hello Linda:
    This continues to fascinate. We are most interested in, and can see, the connection between the sculpture and the cacti.

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  3. Dear Linda - I did not know about the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, and it looks very interesting, Next time I am in Derbyshire I must try and pay a visit. Have you visited David Mellor's Design Museum at the Round Building in Hathersage? It is well worth a visit.

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  4. It's a very clever design. Jx

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  5. What an amazing sculpture, I'd love to see it.

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  6. This is a very unique -- but beautiful -- sculpture. I don't think there could be a more appropriate design for Sheffield, and I like the way it helps raise money for the museum.

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  7. Thank you for posting your pictures. The sculpture is brilliant - I'd love to see it too.

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  8. What a creative sculpture. I like it!

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  9. Wow--what a gorgeous sculpture. And--I'm sure the people who contributed to it have special thoughts about it. That's neat that one can contribute money that way for such a good cause. I love cactus plants... We see them sometimes in the Conservatory when we go to Biltmore.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Love the sculpture, how clever to be made from cutlery!

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  11. Impressive series of photos and I love the sculpture, very clever!

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  12. It's a beautiful piece!

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