Quirky sculptures proposed for Sheffield City region

Sheffield’s answer to the Angel of the North could be on its way after plans for new public artworks within the city region have been released.

British sculptor, Alex Chinneck, a trustee of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, has unveiled his designs for the Sheffield city region on social media.

Mr Chinneck has created temporary public artworks on a national scale after graduating from Chelsea College of Art.

‘‘As a younger artist, the Angel of the North paved the way and continues to do a fantastic job of demonstrating the value that public art can bring,’’ Mr Chinneck told BBC Radio 4.

Using the hashtag #onandupnorth, Mr Chinneck has unveiled exactly what his imposing designs will look like.

A curving chimney made from over 25,000 bricks, designed to look like it has been tied into a knot, is among the creations proposed by the sculptor.

‘‘The Angel of the North set the bar in terms of creating artwork that is contextually responsive and celebratory of a region. You don’t have to be a professor in the arts to be moved by it or understand its power,’’ he said.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Angel of the North’s unveiling on a Gateshead hilltop next to the A1.

Mr Chinneck is striving to emulate the work of sculptor Antony Gormley, whose name will be forever associated with the 65ft high structure. The Angel of the North also boasts a wingspan of 175ft, and has become a national landmark.

‘‘I think it’s a triumph – a fantastic sculpture that underlines the potential for a public artwork to become a landmark, intertwined with the identity of a place,’’ Mr Chinneck said.

The project website can be found at the following link: http://onandup.info/.