Sheffield artist Phlegm is transforming a Sheffield flats development, famous for hosting a Channel 4 reality show.
The painter is currently putting the finishing touches to a massive new mural on the walls of Capital&Centric’s Grade II listed Eyewitness Works development on the corner of Milton Street and Headford Street.
It is the block which was at the centre of The Big Interiors Battle – a 2023 Channel 4 show which used its rooms for aspiring interior designers to transform empty flats into their dream home. The prize was one of the flats, mortgage free.
The new mural – nicknamed ‘The Giant’ in the artist’s sketchbook – will be a permanent fixture at the historic former cutlery works, which was recently restored into design-led apartments.
It is a return to the building for Phelgm, who staged the high-profile ‘Mausoleum of the Giants’ show in the building before it underwent restoration. The stint saw over 6,000 people step through the doors to see the giant sculptures and mysterious creatures lying in situ in 2019 and 2020.
Phlegm is expected to finish the piece this week.
Tom Wilmot, joint managing director at Capital&Centric, said: “The Mausoleum of the Giants was pretty breathtaking and we loved hosting it at Eyewitness Works. Phlegm pulled off something really special, with the thousands of people that came through the door taken aback by both the vision and scale of the exhibit.
“It was always planned as a temporary pop-up. But we wanted to do something that acted as a permanent reminder as the historic building entered its next chapter and our first residents moved in. Phlegm’s new design is the perfect tribute to that moment in time – and a worthy addition to Sheffield’s street art scene.”
The design is an evolution of an original sketch from when the Mausoleum of the Giants was originally being planned.
The first residents have now moved into the redbrick 1852 building, made up of a mix of one, two, and three-bed apartments, duplexes and townhouses in the Grade II listed works.
It also has three peaceful gardens in the internal courtyards – one featuring a giant friction screw press as a reminder of the building’s past – as well as a residents’ lounge, co-working space and private dining.