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.