Thursday, 17 June 2010


Today was amazing.

We installed the second flag on the Arbourthorne summit. We claimed it for the Sheffield Publicity Department.

It looked exactly how we imagined it would. It's probably gone by now. But it doesn't matter. (It does a bit. We really didn't want to leave it).

The flag-pole was made out of found wood, from a forest floor. The flag itself was stitched by the fair hand of Kirsteen, from Syd and Mallorys.

All these lovely photos are by Gemma Thorpe.

On the way down, we turned to see the flag through the grass, flickering in the wind. We stood watching it for ages. It was bloody beautiful. Bloody beautiful. It doesn't get better than this.

Today was a day when living in Sheffield felt just right.


We've added some clues along the route, to help you along.

First off, there's the stencils. Same vibe as last time: only on pavements (like the marks roadworkers leave) and other previously graffitied objects.

Then there's some new stuff too.

Norfolk Park is too beautiful for spray paint. So we've gone one step further. We've installed a few Viewpoint plaques, beneath the mad orienteering ones that are already in place.

And finally, keep your eyes peeled at the start of the walk for some familiar faces.


(Bing bing bing)



Sunday, 13 June 2010


A. In these places. Look out for our super-sweet dispensers.

Syd and Mallorys, in the Forum.

Rare and Racy, on Devonshire Street.

The Site Gallery, next to the Showroom, on Brown Street.

Sheffield Tourist Information Office, on Norfolk Row, near the Crucible.

The Old Sweet Shop, Nether Edge Crossroads

Cafe No 9, Nether Edge Road

The Rude Shipyard, Abbeydale Road.

We've printed a limited edition of 300 (aka we can't afford any more), so get a shift on.

We're going to get some in Cafe Ceres and Bragazzis this week. We'll also scatter them liberally across the rest of the city, for the unsuspecting mini-breaking couple. Does Sheffield have any of them? Who knows.



The map takes you to Arbourthorne. We know we said it last time, but this really is a stunner. So high above the city that you feel like you're in the alps, if the alps had been covered in municipal housing in the 70s by an over-zealous city council.

It's a beautiful route: through Norfolk Park (one of the most handsome in the city), up past some lush new wooden houses, and onto a final grass plateau. If you go up here on a sunny day, it's going to look a little like this.

Picture by Gemma Thorpe.

Here are some jpegs of the map. Note: the point of this project is to get you up there with an actual paper map in your hand. Don't go up here with this on your bloody iphone. Arbourthorne isn't ready for touch screens.

The map includes a DIY tree rubbing area. We thought the trees in Norfolk Park were so incredibly beautiful, you might like to make a record of it for yourself. All you need to do is take a wax crayon with you, find an interesting tree, and rub over the top for yourself.

Hey presto: a one-off art-work, and a record of your walk.

PLEASE NOTE: the designer would like to request that you use a cyan blue crayon to make your rubbing. It's not obligatory, but it would look better.

Alright, it is obligatory.

Enjoy the view.