NAME : HMS Sheffield DATE : 2000 CLIENT : Sheffield City Council LOCATION : Sheffield Cathedral
An artwork celebrating the relationship between a Royal Navy Cruiser and its adopted city. The design was originally the maquette for a much larger sculpture to be placed in the square outside Sheffield Cathedral, this 3ft bronze sculpture now stands within the cathedral.
The approaching viewer is greeted by a triumphant, welcoming Christ figure, who is portrayed as though the figurehead on the bow of a ship. The outstretched arms complete the shape of an anchor and a sword, symbols rich in symbolism. The sword beaten into a plough shear, is a powerful reminder of the hope offered to mankind through Christ’s sacrifice, at the same time there is recognition of the peace won through the sacrifice and bravery of the seamen of HMS Sheffield.
The sculpture was unveiled on April 17th 2000 by His Royal Highness The Duke of York.