Richard Bartle
 

City of Peace

 

City of Peace seen on permenant display in the Peace gardens near the  winter gardens in sheffield by Richard Bartle Sheffield based contemporary artist. working at bloc studios sheffield.

 

City of Peace is a permanent sculpture in Peace Gardens, Sheffield.

The stainless steel sculpture, features seven life-size doves perched on the chimney of HaHa Bar, next to the Peace Gardens, was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s visit to the Second World Peace Congress held in the city in 1950.

Picassso in Sheffield - original poster.During his visit to Sheffield, Picasso arrived at Sheffield Midland railway station carrying a bouquet of chrysanthemums and wearing an old raincoat and blue beret. He was welcomed by members of the local communist party, the press, and the public, and taken on a tour of the city. He ate a bacon sandwich at Thorpe's cafe in Fargate; had his hair trimmed at Peckitt's barbers, and drew a ‘dove of peace’ on a napkin in Butler’s Dining Rooms.

The Congress was to be a special debate on the Korean War, but the Government at the time refused to allow important speakers into the country and it was abandoned.  Picasso gave a short speech, recalling that he had learnt to paint doves from his father, and ending by saying "I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war."

Later whilst returning to London he drew another Dove of Peace on a napkin, which he gave to the bodyguard who had accompanied him around the city. This drawing is now part of Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust’s collection and is now on permanent display at Weston Park Museum.

 


City of Peace seen on permenant display in the Peace gardens near the  winter gardens in sheffield by Richard Bartle Sheffield based contemporary artist. working at bloc studios sheffield.

 

Richard Bartle has used the original poster, designed by Picasso, as a template to create the sculpture, in celebration of the memory of Picasso and the cause of peace that he introduced into an already radically thinking Sheffield. 

The gardens also hold fond personal memories for the artist:

“Unemployment had destroyed Sheffield and the city was in decline when I first became aware of Sheffield’s radical edge.  In my late teens the Peace Gardens became a favourite meeting place for my friends and girlfriends.  Then as a young Punk I spent a great deal of time there chatting with like-minded people and enjoying the atmosphere.  Now, as an artist, I am inclined in the summer months to sit there and eat my lunch.  My memories of the place run quite deep.

“In the face of such history, being asked to make work for this location is a privilege, as is the opportunity to thank Picasso for his dedication to peace, to honour his memory and to re-dedicate the gardens to peace.”

City of Peace has been commissioned by Fred Gould of Great Central Developments as part of the Percentage for Art scheme and was installed by Richard Bartle with assistance from Clive Smith of CS Roofing.

 

City of Peace seen on permenant display in the Peace gardens near the  winter gardens in sheffield by Richard Bartle Sheffield based contemporary artist. working at bloc studios sheffield.

 

 

 

 

 

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