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Meta Table Setting by Linda Florence

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April 2009

Visitors to Museums Sheffield will literally be walking a knife edge as part of a new public intervention by artist and designer, Linda Florence.

Meta Table Setting will see the Millennium Gallery's main pedestrian thoroughfare become home to a super-sized floor installation depicting a wonderfully eccentric set of cutlery creations inspired by Museums Sheffield's metalwork collection.

Covering the entire floor of the Millennium Gallery avenue, Meta Table Setting will completely transform the gallery's busiest public space.

The enormous floor prints, each constructed from flocked vinyl, will see regimented lines of historic cutlery evolve and progressively fuse together to create a pattern of cutlery hybrids which visitors can explore with their feet.

The floor design will be accompanied by a new installation in the Millennium Gallery lift, in which Florence will turn the light-filled, glass interior into a far more intimate space.

The inside of the lift will be covered in a scratch card silver wallpaper, with two of the walls echoing the cutlery patterns of the avenue and another adorned with the outlines of metal hallmarks.

Here travellers will be invited to complement the maker's stamps, including hallmarks from Sheffield produce metal wares, with marks of their own creation.
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