Leading off the Sheffield Winter Garden is the Millennium Gallery where there's a wide corridor with access to various galleries and this is where the permanent metal sculptures by Johnny White are exhibited.
'Barking up the Right Tree' was commissioned by Museums Sheffield to celebrate the opening of the Millennium Gallery in 2001. The cutlery theme reflects the collection of metal ware, cutlery and silverware housed in the Gallery.
This unusual piece of art is kinetic and has a humorous touch. If you press a button on the trunk-like base, the branch-like necks and round faces move with the help of levers and there's a barking sound from within the sculpture. Once again all the items of cutlery have been donated by the people of Sheffield. I'm often in the Gallery and like to stop and watch the reaction as the buttons are pressed. Both of the sculptures are a talking point especially by those who have been connected with the cutlery trade.