10 Jan 2019

A visit to a mega shopping mall


I very rarely visit the mega shopping centre in our area even though I could get there on the tram. It might be a convenient way of shopping under one roof, but I'm not keen on being in an environment where there are crowds or not being in the fresh air as I would if I went into Sheffield city centre. However, I did go there with daughter D when she came to stay as I had been thinking about updating my mobile phone and wanted us to take a look together at what was on offer. In the end I didn't buy one and instead we went and had a coffee before heading home again.    









In fact, I was more interested in some of the displays that we passed as we walked around this vast shopping centre. Above is The Man of Steel.  It's a replica of the one that will be built in a nearby historic industrial area where there will be a centre showcasing present day advanced manufacturing technologies.  It will be a 32m high stainless steel sculpture which will sit on a coal black column representing the coal seams that once dominated the geology of the region. Inside The Steel Man will be another sculpture of a heart. The British Heart Foundation has become associated with this part of the project and those who have made donations to the BHF to aid further life saving research will have their names etched on the construction. 


Another thought-provoking sculpture that can be seen in the shopping centre is Beedazzle. It was one of many sculptures that could be seen in Manchester designed and made by local artists as an art trail in 2018 as part of the events in that city in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing attack on 22nd May, 2017 where the concert had attracted young people and families from all over the region. Our own granddaughter has friends who went to the concert. The sculptures were then put up for sale by auction to support good causes. Two Sheffield schoolgirls, friends of someone who had lost her life as she shielded her niece and sister during the blast, fund-raised with their friends and family and bought Beedazzle in her memory. The bee sculpture standing in the middle of a busy shopping mall where many passers-by will pause and understand its significance is also a poignant reminder of the preciousness of life. 




Another sculptural piece that has special meaning for the people of Sheffield is this group of steel workers as the shopping centre was built on the site of a former steel works. The monument in bronze created by Robin Bell depicts skilled workers pouring molten crucible steel into ingot moulds at the foundry. The process was known as 'teeming'.   





painted mural depicting steel workers 'teeming'



24 comments:

  1. the sculptures are amazing!!! love the Beedazzle, both sculpture and the story of how it came to be there. what a beautiful mall. I am with you, no shopping in crowded places but with all that beauty it was worth it for the photos. we have a really Mega new mall here, on 17 miles away but with traffic and hour drive and I have not seen it and never will. but I would like to.

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    1. The undercover shopping centre is not for me unless I'm with someone so that we can shop together. I prefer looking around the smaller covered market in Sheffield city or any of the local high streets, but I'm glad I saw the bee sculpture - that meant a lot to me.

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  2. Must admit to a little tear reading about the fund raising involved around the bee sculpture. Amazing sculptures. I like to go to Carluccio's in Norwich and enjoy breakfast with my daughter.

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    1. Seeing the bee statue and reading the memorial plaque and list of those who lost their lives was a moving experience.

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  3. Love those sculptures - especially the steel workers.

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    1. The steel workers are realistic in every detail down to one having a rag in his mouth to prevent his lips from being scorched by the heat of the molten metal as it's poured into the mould.

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  4. Hello Linda, very interesting post.
    I like the steel workers best but I admired all the sculptures.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I'm not a fan of big shopping malls either, and like you, mainly find myself looking at decorations and displays. :) Would much rather go to an old souk or even a thrift store for a truly unique shopping experience. It's nice that there are sculptures at least honoring the past. So many places just tear things down and forget how they got to where they are. I think it's important to remember those who forged the way.

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    1. Browsing around charity shops or a market is much more enjoyable for me too especially if a friend or relative is with me. I don't usually shop online either although I do research products on the internet before deciding what to buy if it's something technical. I'm always on the look out for references to the history of a place.

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  6. Did you have one of Carluccio's hot chocolates? Yum! Great to see the sculptures around Sheffield, It was so sad to read about the school girls getting a bee in memory of their dear friend.

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    1. I've been with daughter D to the Carluccio's in our home town opposite the Forbury Gardens - a nicer location. We had our usual cappuccino. A hot chocolate sounds like a good choice too!

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  7. Ages (over twenty years) since we visited Meadowhall. When Mum and Dad used to live in a village not far from Junction 29 of the M1 we used to pop up a few junctions and drop into there, I expect it has changed a lot. The sculptures are wonderful. Such a sad tale about the bee but I'm glad to see it there, we saw many of the bees when we visited Manchester last September but not that one. Coffee at Carluccios sounds wonderful:)

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    1. It's amazing that the shopping centre has been there for so long. We've been living in Sheffield nearly ten years now ourselves! Time flies! We hadn't long arrived when there were serious floods and Meadowhall was flooded out too, but survived the ordeal. I get disorientated in there even with a map so I'm in and out as quickly as possible if I do go there. Many of the outlets have come and gone too. I much prefer going into the city centre if I need to do some specialist shopping, go to the Cathedral or the art galleries etc. I remember your blog post about the art trail of bees when you visited Manchester.

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  8. I know we should support shops in our towns and cities and not frequent out of town malls which house all the big stores but I think it depends on where you live. I rarely go shopping in Leeds city centre any more as it's all designer boutiques and trendy names. I'm lucky that we're about the same difference from York, which in my experience is a much nicer shopping experience with many independent shops mixed in with high street stores. We used to visit Meadowhall occasionally, especially at Christmas, but it's quite a few years now since we've been. The sculptures are wonderful, it's nice to know that an area's history is being commemorated in this way.

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    1. I can remember when we used to visit our daughter M before we moved up to live near her and the family. The regeneration projects were in progress in the city centre. I usually go to the same familiar places if I go there now. I wouldn't like to go there in an evening except to the Theatre Quarter. Meadowhall has its place and I hope that it gives work to many people and help our local economy, but I would rather support our local small, specialist businesses in our area high streets- the ones that are left. York is certainly a nice place to visit and I wish that I could get there more often.

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  9. I'm not a fan of big shopping malls either, but I did enjoy reading your post and seeing your photographs.

    I've never been in a Carluccio's but friends tell me their coffee is good!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan. Glad you enjoyed the blog post. The cappuccino was good and the staff were friendly. They appreciated us admiring and taking a photo of the Christmas decoration which the waitress said they had put up themselves so happy customers and happy staff.

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  10. I like all the sculptures. I do go to shopping malls but not on regular basis. Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I hope you're having a good weekend.

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  11. It is an impressive mall and I liked all the sculptures. I was particularly moved by the one of Beedazzle, and its touching story. Thanks for sharing your visit to the mall and twelve days into the year but Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

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    1. Thank you Denise for coming by and I wish you a happy new year. I know you've had some snow keep warm and well during these cold days of Winter.

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  12. I'm not fond of malls either and always avoid them, but I did enjoy the sculptures here. The steel man is marvelous as are the steel workers. Seeing Beedazzle was heartbreaking, what a dreadful thing that was.xxx

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    1. Memorial sculptures are always thought-provoking. The Sheffield schoolgirls are young yet did a good thing in raising money to buy a bee in memory of their friend and her family which in turn will be used to support charitable projects in Manchester. The shocking incident affected so many across the north of England - those who were at the concert and those who knew someone who had been there. I hope all is well in your household Dina xxL

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