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The Mausoleum of the Giants was a once in a lifetime experience. Learn about it, Phlegm, and Sheffield.
Phlegm is arguably our most internationally recognised artist. In 2019, he created a free exhibition featuring 3D installations of his unique world in a disused building about to be redeveloped. Between 15 March and 6 April 2019, at an old cutlery factory on Milton Street was the centre of what makes Sheffield a place of creative talent, artistic brilliance and gentle humility - the Mausoleum of the Giants.
From four hour queues on the final Saturday to good-natured camaraderie in the rain, the visitors (12,081 of them) took centre stage alongside those magnificent sad creatures they came to salute. The ever-present queue even became part of the experience itself as visitors and residents alike shared stories, made new friends and took pride in their city and the artist. This one exhibition saw visitors from Manchester to Morocco, Bradford to Bologna and Reykjavik to Rotherham, and even as far afield as New York.
Ultimately the exhibition was brought together by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, who created a partnership between the University of Sheffield, Marketing Sheffield and the Culture Consortium to obtain funding for an Arts Council Cultural Destinations award. It was staffed by 85 volunteers, who contributed much to the overall festivity and good-natured element of the exhibition.
Phlegm keeps his identity anonymous - but his markings, left all over the world, tell the creative story of himself and the city he credits as having helped him get to where he has.
The definitive, and incredibly up to date low down for everything street art in the city. This is the place to go if you're really into hunting down the latest and greatest, even if it's tiny little stencils hidden down the corner of an old factory wall.
Our Favourite Places (an independent guide to cultural stuff in the city) have curated a few really nice walking trails with maps - and handy pub/cafe stop off points - to give you an insiders guide.