McKee puts his stamp on new Sheffield development

Pete McKee and Anthony Bennett in Anthony's Sheffield studio with the clay sculpture which will be moulded  for the new Grandfather Fox sculpture.
Pete McKee and Anthony Bennett in Anthony's Sheffield studio with the clay sculpture which will be moulded for the new Grandfather Fox sculpture.

Two leading South Yorkshire artists have joined forces for an exciting project to be unveiled in Sheffield next year.

City star Pete McKee has used his unique style to create a fox family of characters who will feature in the artwork and branding at the new £50 million Fox Valley retail and office complex when it opens in 2016.

He has also been tasked with lifting one of his characters right off the page and bringing it to life in a sculpture, which will stand 6ft 4ins tall and weigh more than a tonne once it’s completed.

He is now working with Sheffield sculptor Anthony Bennett to create Grandfather Fox which will be cast in bronze and stand at the entrance to the new development.

Pete’s iconic style has graced everything from cartoon strips to Paul Smith clothing and Oasis record covers but this is the first time one of his images has been made in bronze and the Fox Valley piece will be the largest ‘McKee’ ever created.

Anthony said: “It’s a real pleasure to be working with Pete on such an exciting project for north Sheffield and to be part of the Fox Valley development.

“This is a really long and detailed process and from start to completion it will have taken around 12 months to complete.”

Pete said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved with as an artist and it’s been great working with Anthony bringing the Grandfather Fox figure into a sculpture form. The clay sculpture looks great and I can’t wait to see the finished piece cast in bronze when the development opens next year.”

The next phase of Pete’s artwork project will be to start on the gable end artwork once the brickwork has been completed on the largest of the new retail blocks at the centre.

Head of communications at Dransfield Properties, Amanda Holmes, said: “We’re delighted to be working with two of our region’s leading artists and it really is lovely to see Pete’s artwork coming to life and taking shape now.”