A collaborative art installation at Catcliffe Cone

Echos of Glass
Photo by Sam McQueen

A unique collaboration between artists and residents has provided a fitting tribute to the community of Catcliffe after the recent flooding.

A sound and light sculpture, called Echoes of Glass, recently went on display over the weekend at the Catcliffe Glass Cone for the community to enjoy, and will tour to the Town Centre, celebrating this unique landmark as part of the annual Christmas Lights’ Switch On event this Saturday 18 November 3-6pm.

The sculpture, commissioned by Rotherham Council’s Museums Arts and Heritage and Rotherham Music services was developed by Sheffield-based artists Pif-Paf,  inspired by the stories and sounds of Catcliffe and the local community.

The Treasurer of Catcliffe Cone Community Group, Susan Khaler, said: “Nearly 300 years have passed since this iconic building was built.

“The Echoes of Glass installation brought all ages of the community together, memories and stories were shared, jokes and laughter. You only have to look at past photos to see plenty of smiling faces. Long may it continue.”

Catcliffe resident, John Pashley, who took part in the collaboration, said: “As a local resident, I see the Cone as a spot where we come together for events like Halloween, Summer, Easter and Christmas. Being part of Echoes of Glass makes me appreciate the Catcliffe Cone even more. It’s like the heart of our community, and events like this show how much we love this place.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Environment, Councillor David Sheppard, said: “This special sound and light sculpture is a fitting tribute to the strength of the Catcliffe community.

“It has shown its resilience and solidarity during the recent flooding, and this installation serves as a reminder that when we come together, we can create something extraordinary.”

The Echoes of Glass event took place on Sunday 12 November, after initial plans to hold the event in October had to be cancelled due to the recent floods.

The art installation was made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council, as well as contributions from Rotherham’ Council, Brinsworth Academy, Catcliffe Primary, Beatson Clarke, and the Rotherham Sangeet Choir.

Published: 14th November 2023