Colourful mosaic reflects a community’s diverse culture

JEWELLERY, an Imam’s hat and an mp3 player are among the items that have been cast into a stainless steel artwork to represent the “close but diverse” community of Tinsley in Sheffield.

The colourful mosaic, measuring two-and-a-half metres in diameter, has been made from materials including steel, bronze and glass.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s spokesman for housing, said: “It’s great to see Tinsley centre being brightened up like this.

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“When local people come to the shops now, they have a fantastic representation of their diverse community to be proud of right under their feet.

“All the regeneration in this area has focused on what local people have said is important to them, and they have even had their say in the design of this new artwork.

He added: “By improving the quality of the environment, and how it functions we are making the centre more attractive for shoppers and businesses.”

Continuing regeneration work in Tinsley has included the creation of a public square and the planting of trees and wildflowers.

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The work of art has been designed by artist Michael Johnson in conjunction with local residents and schools in the neighbourhood.

Headteacher Karen Wilson said: “This project has been an exciting and creative process which has enabled the children and parents of Tinsley Nursery Infant School to work closely with the artist on an artwork that represents the diversity and cultures of the Tinsley community.

“The whole process has been really interesting.”