Alan Pennington was commissioned by Sheffield City Council last month to design covers for the 12 anti-terrorism concrete blocks dotted around the city center, and his results have impressed residents.

The covers were installed on January 7 and half are based on Alan’s Iconic Sheffield mug line, while the rest are teasers for new designs he will release in the future.

The artwork features well-known Sheffield landmarks, including the Roxy, Park Hill and Sheffield Cathedral, in Alan’s typical bright, minimalist style.

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Alan designed covers for 12 anti-terrorism concrete blocks in Sheffield city center. Image: City of Steel Snapper.

Alan said: “I showed the board my designs and they said they really liked them. They celebrate the city.

“My subjects tend to be iconic city buildings that people love. The idea I’ve always had is to simplify an iconic view, which looks easy, but then you have less lines to create something. that people will recognize.

“Much of the architecture in Sheffield is brutal and ugly concrete buildings. It has almost come full circle, now there is a great love for this unapologetic style. These buildings remind people of their home. Concrete blocks are dark and boring.This brightens up the city, and adds color.

Alan was commissioned by Dan Walker to create a custom piece for his Strictly Come Dancing partner, Nadiya Bychkova.

Alan said that people fell in love with Brutalist architecture again. Image: City of Steel Snapper.

“I had an incredible response. Hundreds of people are sharing it online and a number of people have contacted wanting to do an exhibit to be held later in the year. It will be a new series of ten pieces.

A post on Facebook by photographer Steel City Snapper yesterday (Jan 8) said: To create these fabulous covers featuring local landmarks, past and present.

“There are a lot more concrete blocks in the city, so hopefully more artwork will be ordered soon.”

You can find Alan’s Etsy store, selling his mugs, prints, and personalized pieces, here.

Alan has worked as an artist since 2007 and says his style has evolved over the years.
Sheffield Cathedral. Alan’s work brings color to the city center. Image: City of Steel Snapper.
Alan received a positive response to his designs from the Sheffield public. Image: City of Steel Snapper.
The cover designs are based on iconic landmarks from across the city. Image: City of Steel Snapper.

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