29 Jan 2013

Public Art: 'Barking up the Right Tree'



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.








8 comments:

  1. these are amazing and incredible to me.. i love that giraffe. the artist is incredibly gifted to see something like this made with flat ware..

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  2. Linda, I think those sculptures are wonderful. I would love to see them in real life

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  3. Amazing what a talented person can make with metal... These are tremendous works of art... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. Hello Linda:
    This sounds to be great fun. We suspect that we should be permanently pressing the button to get the sculpture to 'bark'!!

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  5. What whimsical sculptures!
    I would love to be there to press the buttons.

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  6. Thanks for your recent visit and comment Linda, apologies for being conspicuous by my absence here but I am sure you understand why. Anyway I have now had a lovely catch up of your recent posts, this exhibition looks fascinating.

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  7. Whimsical and heartwarming!

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  8. I really like this whimsical sculpture. The cutlery connection is really neat.

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