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TowerBlockMetal prints in the Under the Bed Sale- Cupola Contemporary Art Gallery Sheffield

Taken down the tinsel, put on a few er pounds, headed back to the grindstone, in need of a retox?  Or just something bloody else to do!
 
Beat off those January blues with a bit of TowerBlockMetal guaranteed to perk up any rainy day - well nearly.  From the well known Park Hill facade to the satirical State Dependent Family or the iconic Tinsley Cooling Towers this is not to be missed.  From block prints to framed prints and just, well, just on their own prints grab your very own slice of inner city Sheffield  before they sell out.  Most pieces under a £100; sale ends January the 30th. 
 

BLOCSPACE Art Sale, Xmas chaos and Postcard Cafe

Been a hell of a busy week, here in TowerBlockMetal land, i need to go to work some  nights just for the break!
 
 Monday - received calls from both Sheffield Stockists-Cupola and OldSweetShop  requesting more mugs and prints for the much apprehended Xmas dash
 
Tuesday  -Gym(personal training aaaargh) straight to Oldsweetshop then Haircut then deliver an Ebay sale- back home  clean house .Mount and frame prints 
 
Wednesday evening  - framing and mounting prints
 
Thursday took friends and children to Manchester Airport first thing (India for 1 month- lucky so and so's) drove back thru Snake pass - the snow started again was very Black Metal!!, then decanted mugs and prints to Cupola and BLOC
 
Friday -Training course and nightshift (picking up a few last xmas bits in lunch)
 
I am proverbially knackered ..!
 
One of the bonuses of the hectic week!: i now have a beard which isn't the bonus rather more of a statement of my lack of selfcare ; is that i was able to meet up with a fellow Sheffield
artist ;  Nigel Bendle who runs the Blog POSTCARD CAFE
 
He is a very interesting  chap  ( and nice to boot)I  look forward to meeting with him more often, like me he is similary interested in the perception of the Urban environment- he has certainly made me think in different ways about how i present my work. Nigel has kindly taken some photos of my work at the BLOCSPACE Art sale which is now on (see flyer) 
 
The smaller framed prints are £20-£30
 
Medium one with black frame £45
 
Large Yellow print framed £75

BLOC art sale 17th -19th December -Sheffield

BLOC artspace just off the Moor Sheffield  City Centre (behind Decathalon) are having an art sale on the weekend before Xmas - Fri 17th -Sun 19th December- TowerBlockMetal mugs , large wallart prints and cards will be onsale there - think Xmas gifts for those cranky relatives whio are sooo difficult to buy for
 
The studio takes commission so Mugs will be £10 , large prints  £45 - cards £2
 
Its a great independant venue / studio and should be supported - got that kids..
 

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more sales...and then Motorhead...what a day!

A definite cert to cheer me up is recieving notification either by phone , email or simply a cheque dropping through the letterbox via  my cheerful postie - that someone appreciates TowerBlockMetal merchandise  so much , that they have put their money where their mouth is, seperated with  their hard earned cash and now have the walls of their homes and their coffe tables  adorned with essential innercity apparel 
 
A big THANK YOU  to the customers of the OldSweetShop, Nether Edge Road , Sheffield 7  for buying mugs, tote bags, cards and prints - there are  more designs to come, thanks again to Emma for all her help
 
 
(another thing that is definitely going to  cheer me up - is going to Manchester tonight , hanging out with mates that go waaaay too far back- drinking far too much - then watching the Godfather of Metal himself ladies and gentlemen.......  Mr Lemmy Kilminster)
 
 
 
There's is only one God! ...Available from TowerBlockMetal
 

Moore Street Substation - illuminated!

One of the perks.... well maybe probably the only perk!... of my employment is that I get the chance to cruise all around the city in the dead of night to many weird and wonderful places and get into the real under belly of the beast. 
 
 Now I am not suggesting for one minute that the junction of the Inner ring road and Moore Street  /Eccleshall Road is the heart of the beast  but it has always been home to one of  Sheffield finest and somewhat overlooked Brutalist buildings .....which is now bathed in irridescent light...ladies and gents check out...
 
The Moore Street Substation
 
 
 
 
 
moore st generator illuminated, sidfletcher,brutalist, towerblockmetal,
 
 
 
 
 
 
moore st generator illuminated
 
 
 
 
 
 
Okay Okay i took the pics on my mobile.... needs must ....no doubt I'll be back for more shortly
 
Personally I think its fantastic  that it has been illuminated  - the buildings a star anyhow, like many Sheffield 1960s city centre monoliths its loved and loathed alike
 
Like  countless other folk  for many years I was always intrigued by the building, particulary to the fact that there are  no noticeable doors or windows, and no body has ever been seen around it or even trying to get in it! apart from pedestrians and Urbexers of course  - on a humourous level I always likened it to Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory and imagined Oompa Lompahs making magical bars of chocolate inside.....that thought was very short lived  though as my mind rebooted to its default, sinister, cynical
darkness,  the structure then became the body recycling plant where surplus / dissidents civilians were  turned into foodstuffs (like in the Orwellian film  Solyent Green)
 
Apparently the lights were turned on at the end of Sheffield DesignWeek at the end of October -   a small crowd gathered  in the subway intersection  to watch the official "switch on" by the original architect  Bryan Jefferson who was proud to comment
 
"it is great that whilst I have friends whose buildings are being knocked down, mine are being floodlit - this is a very proud moment for me".
 
I have to say that given Sheffields wealth of iconic 1960s  Modernist buildings and also the historic celebration of them - this event should've been better advertised. i for one would've been there, its obviously been on the cards for a couple of years. Incidentally the bill for it is approx £47K  which i have no problem with but I'm sure other nay sayers will..
 
Check out the links below for more info
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guided tours of Park Hill, Sheffield

 
Went to an Urban splash tour of the Park Hill redevelopement / refurbishment the other day. To be honest i was expecting an Architectural tour - but instead it
was much more of a PR exercise for U Splash,  with no real access to the curent refurbishment . That said though i did learn some snippets of inforamation and Urban Splash are to be opening a showflat next Spring so things are looking up
 
Anyhow there was a motley crew  of about 40-50 folks there  so there's obviously some interest in the old girl still!  I got talking with a very nice chap by the name of Paul who'd travelled to Sheffield all the way from Cambridge just to see Park Hill as he'd read so much about it the estate from a Modernist / Brutalist   perspective 
 
Paul like myself is somewhat obsessed with public housing and design  - he has a very well informed webpage   singleaspect.org.uk  and (i can only assume ) is a member of 20th Century or C20th as its colloquially known -  an organisation dedicated to the study and presevation of modern architecture
 
He  was interested in accessing other parts of the site not covered by Urban Splash so i gave him a brief whistle stop tour , unfortunately time was limited as i had a meeting  shortly afterwards and also i'd just finished nights so my brain was slowly turning to mush ( it really was!) Anyhow we've kept in touch and have promised to meet up agin in the future and spend some more time up there, i am very pleased to note he found the towerblockmetal  tour  more informative than the Urban Spalsh pitch so maybe thtere's a gap in the market for  tourguides of Park Hill ! - to be fair to USplash  they have stated that they are organising a tour for C20th next year, fingers crossed i can blag a place eh!
 
You can read all about mine and Pauls exploits at Park Hill  by clickin here
 

Thanks everyone

Hulme crescents T shirts are going like hot cakes in Manchester !- cheers to everyone  who's bought one , looking forward to Steve Ignorant gig at Academy on Friday - i've only waited 30 years to see someone playin CRASS songs live
 

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