Handspring Design's concept for information wheels helped the company to win the commission for a heritage and culture sculpture and information signage for the River Sheaf Walk. The idea was to follow and illustrate the rich culture and industrial heritage of one of Sheffield's main 'working' rivers.
In total Handspring Design designed, manufactured and installed 10 information wheels at key sites along a five mile route from the edge of the countryside into the city centre. Each wheel had key 3D graphic elements made from cast, etched and cut metal along with resin, slate and stone that told the story of the past and present river at that particular site.
In the city centre, at the point where the river disappears to merge in an underground culvert with the larger River Don, the company installed a sinuous wavey sculpture they had constructed from steam-bent oak with stainless cover strips and large stainless text graphic.