Rare & Racy | Buried Treasure

1. Rare & Racy | Phlegm Skull and Crossbones |  Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020928

 

2. Rare & Racy | Phlegm Skull and Crossbones |  Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020927

Last week on what may well be his last visit to Rare & Racy Phlegm erased his previous painting on the shop front and replaced it with a skull and crossbones. Yesterday, sadly after 48 years of trading Rare & Racy closed it’s doors for the last time

The erased artwork can be seen HERE and on the previous blog post on this site HERE

 

 

Singing The Blues | Rare & Racy

Singing The Blues | Rare & Racy Sheffield | © Little Bits of Sheffield | S_1070578E

1969 – 2017

Today is the day when after 48 years of trading Rare & Racy will finally close it’s doors for good.  If you read this early today then do drop by to wish them well.  The reasons for closure are well documented and for many it is a very sad day.  Rare & Racy has been one of the rare and precious jewels in Sheffield’s cultural crown.  A place for books, music and and artworks by local artists it is a place held dear by many and will be greatly missed.

Follow the links below to Postcard Cafe see more photographs inside Rare & Racy

Inside Rare & Racy Vol I  HERE

Inside Rare & Racy Vol II  HERE

Inside Rare & Racy Vol III  HERE

Inside Rare & Racy Vol IV  HERE

Inside Rare & Racy Vol V  HERE

Inside Rare & Racy Vol VI  HERE

Rare & Racy shop front  HERE

The Rare & Racy website is  HERE

More photos of Rare & Racy on Postcard Cafe HERE

One from the Archives | Kid Acne 2012

Cocktail Cigarettes | Kid Acne 2012 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SDSC_0419E

Photograph taken 25 March 2012.

I recently came across this image in my archives.  I always thought it was an interesting image and not sure why it wasn’t published back when it photographed.  The irregular light pattern was created by reflected sunlight from windows opposite the artwork.  Created by Kid Acne in 2012 the building on which this was painted has long since been demolished.

Nuts in May | Park Hill 2017

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While visiting Park Hill I spotted that thousands of hexagonal nuts have been discarded along the length of the new steel fence.  Not someone who likes to see things simply going to waste I thought I’d re-purpose a few and documented the results.

The title for this post has been borrowed from Mike Leigh

Green Spirit x Phlegm

1. Vintage Phlegm artwork on Castlegate | Sheffield 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020422E

 

2. Vintage Phlegm artwork on Castlegate | Sheffield 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020423E

These photographs, taken on 9 May 2017, feature vintage Phlegm artwork painted on Castlegate.  The shutter on a shop called Green Spirit was painted approximately eight years ago.  The shop which sold all things hydroponic closed a few years ago when they moved to larger premises.  Phlegms artwork remains, although it is gradually being reclaimed by the elements.  I enjoyed finding new plant life sprouting from Phlegms artwork on a shop called Green Spirit! Back to nature and all that…

Visit Phlegms more recent work in Sheffield from 2016 as a work in progress HERE and as a finished mural HERE

More Phlegm on this site HERE

Visit Phlegms website HERE

Dan on the Don

3. Dan on the Don | 10 May 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020461E

 

1. Dan on the Don | 10 May 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020450E

 

4. Dan on the Don | 10 May 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020462E

 

2. Dan on the Don | 10 May 2017 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1020456E

Dan is back on the River Don creating his wonderful sculptures from materials found in the river.  He created his first set of temporary sculptures late in 2016.  Over the winter months the flow and the rising of the river has returned them to the river bed.

Click HERE to see one of his sculptures from November last year.

Click HERE to see more images of his original 2016 sculptures over on Postcard Cafe

E.Coli | It’s Not All Bad News…

1.  E.Coli by Luke Jerram | Sheffield Winter Gardens | 31 October 2015 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | S_1040760

 

2.  E.Coli by Luke Jerram | Sheffield Winter Gardens | 31 October 2015 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | S_1040761

 

3.  E.Coli by Luke Jerram | Sheffield Winter Gardens | 31 October 2015 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | S_1040768

 

4.  E.Coli by Luke Jerram | Sheffield Winter Gardens | 31 October 2015 | © Little Bits of Sheffield | S_1040769

E.Coli sculpture by Luke Jerram at Sheffield Winter Gardens 31 October 2015.

I found these images in my archive from a couple of years ago, so I’m afraid this one is a little bit late!  I thought they were worth sharing if only to acknowledge that even bits of nature we perceive to be bad can be also be good.

Because of the harm it can do to humans E.Coli generally gets a bad press.  It wasn’t until I saw this sculpture and the description in the last photograph that I learned how scientists have been able to separate the good from the bad and the ugly…