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Sheffield city region's 'man of steel' to forge community together?

A unique and interesting project has been created to explore how communities react to iconic art structure landmarks with the help of the 'Man of Steel' in the Sheffield city region. 

Most people from the region are aware of the sculpture. However, many might be interested to learn that not only is it an iconic landmark in the region but it could be helping to forge a strong community.

The use of landmark sculptures as a means of commemorating and regenerating communities is an established practice. There are many examples of such art projects such as Anthony Gormleys 'Angel of the North' and Damien Hirsts 'Verity'.

This study to be undertaken by experts in materials science and engineering, education, inclusion, social work, planning, and regeneration from Sheffield Hallam University will analyse how the sculptures impact on their host communities. The main aim of the research is tom compare the intended impacts with the actual in relation to a number of variables including health, education, and physical.

This is a great project the university has got involved with and we hope for some positive results. For more information about the project contact Aimee Walshaw on 0114 225 3297 or email

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