Artwork to replace Tinsley Towers

New artworks that celebrate Rotherham and Sheffield’s shared industrial heritage are being proposed for the area close to where the iconic Tinsley cooling towers once stood.

Proposals from commissioned artist, Alex Chinneck include a family of four sculptural, red brick chimneys that border, bridge and illuminate the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, each stretching up to 30 metres tall.

Onwards & Upwards is a sculptural trail linking Sheffield and Rotherham that can be enjoyed by foot, bike or boat. It is set to be created close to E.ON’s biomass power plant at Blackburn Meadows where linkages between the city and town are being improved through the £20m Tinsley Link Road and the £100m tram train scheme.

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Tinsley Towers replacement revealed: cracked, hovering, leaning and knotted chimney sculptures to form huge £450,000 canalside art trail in Sheffield

A mile-long trail of four sculptural, red-brick chimneys each stretching up to 100 feet high will replace Sheffield’s demolished Tinsley Towers in a £450,000 public artwork billed as one of the most ambitious ever conceived.

Onwards and Upwards – the name of the city’s biggest art commission in history, designed by sculptor Alex Chinneck – will be installed along a stretch of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, starting close to the M1 viaduct.

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Could these 90ft chimneys be Yorkshire’s answer to the Angel of the North?

His previous works have included a upside down electric pylon, a building which appears to float in mid-air and a house made out of 7,500 wax bricks. So when Alex Chinneck was given the task of designing Yorkshire’s biggest ever public work of art to replace the iconic Tinsley Towers he was never going to opt for the obvious

Given a site on the outskirts of Sheffield, close to the now demolished towers, as his blank canvas, the 32 year has spent the last 12 months researching possible options. The result is Onwards and Upwards, a series of 90ft red brick chimneys, which have already caused a team of structural engineers sleepless nights.

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First look at huge new “chimneys” artwork to replace Tinsley Towers

ONCE the South Yorkshire skyline boasted the Tinsley Towers…now get ready for the Canalside Chimneys.

Sheffield’s replacement for the famous cooling towers, which were demolished in 2008, will be a “family” of four sculptural, red brick chimney sculptures alongside the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal at Tinsley.

Plans for the ambitious art project — made up of four separate pieces standing up to 30 metres tall — will be officially unveiled tomorrow by artist Alex Chinneck at Sheffield Town Hall.

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10 thoughts on “Artwork to replace Tinsley Towers

  1. Silly buggers. …RMBC needs to see to its crumbling roads, weed infested gutters, abundant litter….before wasting this money. What’s a meaningless “art statement ” matter when the infrastructure is crumbling like a Third World banana republic? ?


  2. Art can and regularly does make a difference.

    Earlier this week I came across this little guy peering across US Prez Trump’s partial wall between Mexico and the US: .
    I first saw it on a South Texas friend’s facebook page – now it is everywhere,

    Banksy’s work in the Palestinian territories:

    Picasso’s Guernica:

    … and in Brockley, SE London – where my son lives, we have this annual delight:

    But if what they are doing in TInsley is just decoration it is valueless, and I’m not impressed by what I see here:, far too passive.


  3. A few years ago about a mile down the canal their were 7 chimneys from the open hearth furnaces
    At steel Peach and Tozer
    Nicked named the 7 sisters
    I agree totally with Ed Shrink on this one


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