Graff Spiral

The Graff Spiral is an exposition celebrating the dynamic street art of Sheffield. It is a substantial painted, sculptural installation, the structure designed by students from the department of Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, under the guidance of Professor Rachel Horn, local sculptor Anthony Bennett, structural engineers ARUP, who have been providing support to the teams, advising on practical forms of construction and fundamental design principles, and Street artist Mila K. Five groups of 6 students competed to design a structure which could be manufactured easily by volunteers, to a tight budget, which would be structurally sound, and which would optimise surface area to facilitate graffiti art. Curated by Mila K, nine of the most exciting up and coming Sheffield street artists will create a symbolic collaborative artwork evoking the spirit of resurgence, vitality, creativity and optimism for the community of Hillsborough.

The Artists

Jim McElvaney, Eugene Booms, Marcus Method, Trik09, Nazusk, Mila K, Rob Lee, Mikk Murray, Aliss Curtis

The Design



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“Arup have been providing support to the teams, advising on practical forms of construction, fundamental design principles and structural details.”

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.

We aim to help our clients meet their business needs by adding value through technical excellence, efficient organisation and personal service. We provide the engineering and related consultancy services necessary to every stage of the project, from inception to completion and after. These are available to clients singly or in combination, to suit the particular circumstance of the job.

Throughout the world we aim to provide a consistently excellent multi-disciplinary service, which also incorporates our concern for the environment. Arup is committed to sustainable design, to its increasing incorporation in our projects and to industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Founded in 1946, Arup now has more than 13,000 people working in 92 offices in 40 countries and our projects have taken us to more than 160 countries.

Arup is a wholly independent organisation owned in trust for the benefit of its employees and their dependants. With no shareholders or external investors the firm is able to independently determine its own priorities and direction as a business. Each of Arup’s employees receives a share of the firm’s operating profit each year. This ownership structure, together with the core values set down by Sir Ove Arup, are fundamental to the way the firm is organised and operates.

A substantial proportion of the firm’s income is devoted to improving its technical standards through the continuing professional development of its members and by developing new techniques of engineering design and management.

Arup Group’s policy is set by its Group Board. This body reports to the firm’s Trustees and to the firm itself, represented by the global college of directors and principals. Arup operates as five Regions: Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe, and UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA). Each Region is responsible for geographic strategy and management. Each project is the responsibility of a Project Director who has access to specialist skills within the firm, whether those skills are in the project office or elsewhere.

We work in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure coordination between the disciplines. We operate formal quality management systems, routinely reviewing and auditing our work. We structure our project teams to achieve clear lines of responsibility and communication with the client and other consultants. By these measures, we add value to our clients’ projects and achieve quality on which they can rely.

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