An art exhibition ‘Mausoleum of the Giant’ opened this weekend and received vast praise from visitors.
Phlegm’s exhibition opened on Friday at eyewitness works, a former cutlery factory, and depicted ancient beings which have existed for thousands of years.
Visitors are first brought into a hall with a sculpture of perhaps Phlegm’s most well known character, the hooded man. In the exhibition he is the guardian of the giants.
Next, visitors enter the main room and are immediately confronted by a huge giant lying on its side. Only a wide angle lens can hope to capture the sculpture in its entirety.
Work on the exhibition began in November 2018, and with all of the sculptures are created from a mix of wood, chicken wire and Sheffield newspapers, it is no surprise the sculptures took so long to make.
After you walk past the vast structure you are confronted by an Owl-headed giant, a sculpture so tall the head almost touches the ceiling of the old factory.
In the corridors and rooms surrounding these two giants, there are smaller sculpture depicting other creatures.
No two exhibits are the same, in one room a giant with arms as long as room it resides in is holding a skull. In another, a bird-like creature is surrounded by dozens of heads.
A press release for the exhibition said: “Mausoleum of the Giants is a thrilling extension of Phlegm’s ongoing efforts to intertwine his surreal and highly imaginative work with existing deteriorating structures.”
“Mausoleum of the Giants is a thrilling extension of Phlegm’s ongoing efforts to intertwine his surreal and highly imaginative work with existing deteriorating structures.”
Guests are guided around the exhibition by volunteers from Sheffield. One of these volunteers, Tamar Millen, said she was pleased to have put Sheffield on the map.
She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be able to support Phlegm with such a fantastic homecoming exhibition.
“This is a collaborative project from start to finish, and demonstrates the power of Sheffield culture as an international draw for the city.”
Those who visited over the weekend were obviously impressed, with visitors heaping praise on the exhibition.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture, said: “I can summarise the first weekend by saying WOW.”
“We’ve had nearly 2000 people through – we’ve had visitors from New York, Sweden, Amsterdam Berlin, Manchester London Bournemouth Leeds, and throughout the UK.
“The impact has been fantastic and despite people having to wait two hours in the rain in the queue due to popular demand everyone loved it.” she added.
“We’ve had nearly 2000 people through – we’ve had visitors from New York, Sweden, Amsterdam Berlin, Manchester London Bournemouth Leeds, and throughout the UK.”
Phlegm is most famous for the various murals he has created, with his work appearing all the way from Australia to Sheffield, where the artist now bases himself.
August 2016 he created a mural in Toronto, Canada which was eight stories high – at the time the tallest mural in the world.
The exhibitions re-opens on Wednesday and will run until the 6th April. Entrance is on a first come, first serve basis.
Visitors will be shown around by volunteers and are encouraged to keep warm and wear sensible footwear. For more information visit https://mausoleumofthegiants.co.uk/.