PICTURING SHEFFIELD │ Millennium Gallery, Sheffield → 12 April 2015

(Posted 5 February 2015. The text is in an older version of Ñspel.)

“Az y mt hv gést, hir at Âr Fevrit Plêsz w’r priti cīn on Šefīld n ḅliv it t hv a ynīc n inʈrwlñ caṛctr. Bt asc smwn t picčr Šefīld n ẇt wd ɖe si? An industrı̣l wêstḷnd? Ɖ YC’z grīnist siti? Ñgḷnd’z bgst vilij? Ɖ gêtwe t ɖ Pīc District? Myziymz Šefīld’z lêtist xibišn at ɖ Mileňm Gaḷri têcs a tur ʈru Šefīld’z past n preznt t iluminet ɖ mni fasits v ɖ plês ʈru landscep āt n ŕbn ftogṛfi.

Ɖ xibišn stāts wɖ a Šefīld qt dfṛnt t ɖ ŕbn sprwl w nâ nô. Nîntīnʈ senčri pêntñz šo a fy dwelñz n črčspîrz set amñst grīn fīldz az vyd fṛm Šaro Mur (uņôn ātist, c.1838), Hilzbra (Toms Crezic, c.19ʈ senčri) n Wōdzend (Wiłm Jon Stīvnsn, 1875), ɖo Šefīld’z dstnctv šêp, nesld in ɖ valiz v ɖ Rivr Don, rmenz recgnîẓbl. Prīdêtñ ɖz z a pêntñ fṛm wn v ɖ bg nemz v ɖ xibišn, JMW Trnr’z Vy v Šefīld fṛm Dābišrlên (1797), ẇč šoz ɖ modist sitīscêp mirrñ ɖ šêp v ɖ inveḷpñ hilz abv it.

Ɖz bycolic sìnz wr v cws sn t b čôct wɖ ɖ smog v ɖ industrı̣l reṿlušn in ẇč Šefīld md its fwtyn, n ɖr r mni xamplz v bʈ industrı̣l šīc n industrı̣l blīc in ɖ xibišn. Deric Grīvz’z Šefīld šoz ɖ pīcs v ɖ srândñ hilz âtstript bî čimnīstacs ẇl a grt dfunct factri glârz ovr ɖ sìn lîc a ruind cʈīdṛl. In ɖ secnd wrldwor Šefīld’z industrı̣l prâis bcem its peṛl ẇn bomñrêdz rzultd in sìnz lîc Henri Rušbi’z Snig Hil fṛm Enjlstrīt (1941) in ẇč blits-deṿstetd strīts apir lîc roz v brôcn tīʈ. Bî contrast Jac Cetl’z Rībildñ a Blastfrnis (1964-65) wɖ its vibṛnt culrpaḷt n hraldc feznt sīmz t revl in ɖ fîr v ɖ frnis, seḷbretñ Šefīld’z crietv spāc.

Ɖr’z a bitrswīt tug v nstalja ʈrt ɖ xibišn az Victorı̣n ečñz v bytifl myṇsipl bildñz ber witṇs t sitīgôsts loñ sns dmolišt. Or fr mr rīsnt losz, ɖr’z tribyts fṛm Pīt Mci n uɖrz t Ɖ Houl in ɖ Rôd, ẇl Joṇʈn Wilcinsn’z mtikḷs lîndrōñ v Ɖ Egbox rmîndz s v a tîm ẇn tânplanñ wz bold rɖr ɖn bnal – wl Ɖ Čīzgrêtr evr b imwṭlîzd in ɖs we? Mandi Pein’z pêntñ Paṛdîs Lost berz witṇs t anɖr monymnt t ācitecčṛl xybṛns: Pāc Hil – wns a drīm v modn livñ inspîrd bî La Cwbūzie, it lêtr bcem rivn wɖ sošl probḷmz n z nâ sīcñ t riinvnt itslf az a bastı̣n v ŕbn cūl.

Amñst ɖ 90 imijz in ɖ xibišn y r šr t fînd a glimps v yr Šefīld or īvn lrn smʈñ ny abt ɖ siti y cwl hom. I, fr xampl, nvr ň ɖr wz wns a Nwf̣c Pāc Picčrpaḷs nt fîv minits wōc fṛm mî hâs. Hâ I wš ɖr wz stl a siṇma so lôcl I cd pop rnd in mî pjaṃz…

Sẹra Côbrn”

ÂR FEVRIT PLÊSZ – ŠEFĪLD CULČRGÎD
GAḶRI WEBSAIT



Dêmn Fercluf, NWĐN SOUL, 8 Dsmbr 2014


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Jon Hýḷnd Pīt MCi • Mandi Pein • Joṇʈn Wilcinsn


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