A temporary and gravity-defying public artwork by acclaimed British artist Alex Chinneck will draw crowds to Tinsley, on the outskirts of Sheffield, from Wednesday 13 September to Sunday 17 September.

The sculpture, which shows a one-tonne car hanging upside-down from a curling strip of tarmac, has appeared overnight on Sheffield Road, close to the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, which will be the location of a major public artwork, by the same artist, to be completed in summer 2019.

This week-long installation named Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together aims to demonstrate the potential of public art to engage local residents and visitors, and to promote awareness of the Tinsley Art Project as the artist prepares to share his permanent proposals for the area.

Alex invites everyone to visit the sculpture and to take part in a series of public events that will set out the long-term vision for the canal.

The first of these will be a public presentation in Sheffield Town Hall on Thursday 21 September, followed by an exhibition of the proposals at Sheffield Waterfront Festival from 23 September, and artist-led tours of the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, from 29 September to 1 October.

The artist’s studio was appointed to deliver the Tinsley Art Project, the biggest-ever public art commission for Sheffield, in 2016.

Alex’s previous projects include a hovering building in Covent Garden, which attracted more than 1.2million visitors over a four-week period, a house made of 7,500 wax bricks, which melted over 45 days, and an inverted 35-metre electricity pylon.

Speaking about the installation, Alex said: “The scale and theatricality of my work means that it really needs to be seen to be believed. This temporary piece gives local people the opportunity to get to know me and my work better, before hearing about the monumental project that we are developing for the city region.”

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Alex has a track record for developing works of art that capture the attention of the public. Tinsley will be one of the first areas in the country to have a permanent piece that we expect to become a destination of regional and national importance.”

Sheila Sutherland, from the Tinsley Art Project group, added: “Tinsley is a proud community and it’s great that it will soon have a major piece of public art which will be the envy of many others.  At Tinsley Forum, we have been keen to increase opportunities for people, including children and young people, to experience and be inspired by culture and creativity and believe this project will deliver this.”

Alex worked with a team of structural engineers, steel benders, scenic artists, metal workers, carpenters, tarmac-layers and road-painters to create the installation. He is committed to working with local businesses to realise the new project and a number of partners have already committed their support, including E:ON, Meadowhall owners British Land, IKEA, the Canal & River Trust, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director, said: “We are very proud to be supporting this important initiative.  The temporary installation is a great way to highlight the significance of the Tinsley Art Project.  Awe inspiring and thought provoking in equal measure, Alex’s work will bring a great deal to the community, and play a key role in the collective vision to deliver a permanent installation in this prominent location.”

Timeline of events


Date Event Booking/location
13 to 17 September (times) Installation of ‘Pick yourself up and pull yourself together’, Sheffield Road, Tinsley 256 Sheffield Road, S9 1RD

Parking at The Source or Meadowhall, with a short walk alongside the canal.

21 September 19.30 Public event where the Tinsley Art Project will be revealed Sheffield Town Hall

Booking required: https://tinsleyartpresentation.eventbrite.com

23 September Exhibition of proposals for Tinsley Art Project at Sheffield Waterfront Festival Victoria Quays
29, 30 September, 1 October Public Tours of new Tinsley Art Project Walking tours of the site for the artwork with artist Alex Chinneck

Booking required: https://tinsleyartwalk.eventbrite.com


The tour is just over two miles long and will take about 1.45 hours.  The footpath along the canal and riverside is in good condition but you should wear stout footwear and suitable clothing and bring any refreshments you might need.


There are 15 places available on each tour.


Please meet on the footbridge at Meadowhall South Tinsley Tramstop adjacent to the Source S9 1EA.


Friday 29 September starting at 5.30

Saturday 30 September starting at 11.00

Saturday 30 September starting at 2.00

Sunday 1 October starting at 11.00





Notes for editors:

Alex Chinneck, famous for designing large-scale sculptures including a two-story house made of wax bricks that melted over 30 days and an inverted electricity pylon that balanced on its absolute tip, was announced to lead the Tinsley Art Project in June 2016.


With its initial funding coming from energy company E.ON , the Tinsley Art Project aims to create work that is integral to the regeneration of the area that was once at the heart of Sheffield’s heavy industry.


The scheme is closely linked to the wider regeneration of the Lower Don Valley. A new Bus Rapid Transport link road to relieve congestion at junction 34 of the M1 motorway was completed last December (https://sypte.co.uk/media.aspx?id=5087) while a major flood defence scheme is also underway.


Ikea is due to open its new store on Thursday 28 September and a massive £300m expansion of nearby Meadowhall is also in the pipeline, subject to planning permission..


The Canal & River Trust launched in 2012 as the guardian of 2,000 miles of the historic waterways across England and Wales.  The charity looks after the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, as well as the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites.  The Trust believes that living waterways transform places and enrich lives and its role is to ensure there is always a place on your doorstep where you can escape the pressures of everyday life, stretch your legs and simply feel closer to nature.

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