World renowned street artist
© Chris Saunders
Phlegm is probably our most internationally recognised artist. In 2019, he created a free exhibition featuring 3D installations of his unique world in a disused building about to be redeveloped.
Between 15 March and 6 April 2019, at an old cutlery factory on Milton Street was the centre of what makes Sheffield a place of creative talent, artistic brilliance and gentle humility - the Mausoleum of the Giants.
From four hour queues on the final Saturday to good-natured camaraderie in the rain, the visitors (12,081 of them) took centre stage alongside those magnificent sad creatures they came to salute. The ever-present queue even became part of the experience itself as visitors and residents alike shared stories, made new friends and took pride in their city and the artist.
This one exhibition saw visitors from Manchester to Morocco, Bradford to Bologna and Reykjavik to Rotherham, and even as far afield as New York.
Ultimately the exhibition was brought together by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, who created a partnership between the University of Sheffield, Marketing Sheffield and the Culture Consortium to obtain funding for an Arts Council Cultural Destinations award. It was staffed by 85 volunteers, who contributed much to the overall festivity and good-natured element of the exhibition.
Phlegm keeps his identity anonymous - but his markings, left all over the world, tell the creative story of himself and our city.
There are a number of street artists around the city, from Kid Acne creating huge typographic murals and quintessential characters, Jo Peel’s beautiful landscape scenes and Faunagraphic’s mesmerising portrayals of nature, to Pete McKee’s uniquely Sheffield characters or Rob Lee’s graphic portals.
Image credit: Kid Acne at Piña by Street Art Sheffield
Image credit: Jo Peel at the Howard by Street Art SheffieldImage credit: Kid Acne at Park Hill by Street Art SheffieldImage credit: Pete McKee at Art House by Street Art Sheffield