Millennium Square, Sheffield
In the Heart of the City, this square was created on the site of the old Town Hall extension - anything would have been an improvement for 'The egg - box', but this is an attractive square that links the Winter Garden and Peace Garden. Well strictly speaking it's half a square, as it is triangle shaped.
The 9 eye-catching Stainless Steel balls, with water flowing over them into a shallow pool below, have been a popular addition since 2003.
They are a piece of Public Art known as 'Rain' which was created by Colin Rose, who won a design competition, with this 'symbolism of Sheffields Industrial Heritage' containing Steel, Craftsmanship, Stone and Water, 4 components that were intrinsically linked in the steel industry, for which Sheffield is famous for.
Apparently, it's called rain, as the water falling into the pools below is meant to represent rain drops, which fall into the pools below, creating ripples! Hmm not sure about this, but i do like this piece, collectively and individually, with the effect of people and buildings being reflected in the shiny steel .
It's a popular spot for photography classes, with students trying to capture a special shot. Within a stones throw are a couple of cafes/bars with seating outdoors for making the most of a rare sunny day, or the large glass windows offer a warmer option for 'people watching'
The square is situated between the Peace Gardens & Winter Garden. It's home to a sculpture called 'Rain'. This features nine Sheffield stainless steel spheres of various sizes. They are intended to suggest raindrops that have just landed. LED lights in the pavement make the square sparkle at night.