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We're going on a Bear hunt!

We are delighted to announce that a new must-see sculpture trail, Bears of Sheffield, is set for the streets of Sheffield next summer! We've loved playing a part in helping to make The bear sculpture - designed by local artist David Mayne come to life to help raise much-needed funds for the Sheffield Children's Hospital Cancer and Leukaemia ward.

Simpson Patterns Ltd, was established over 100 years ago in Sheffield making patterns for the city's foundries. Since that time the company has evolved significantly and now offers an increased range of services to clients both nationally and internationally using new technologies and modern materials without compromising on the company ethos it was built on. “Our vision is to fully help our clients shape their next solution offering a complete service. From design, modelling, prototype & manufacturing outstanding solutions to specific engineering requirements.

“We are honoured to have been selected to work with The Children's Hospital Charity on this project alongside fellow Sheffield artist David Mayne to bring his bear to life.” Said Mark Rixham, MD of Simpson Patterns Ltd. “This project has involved a multitude of our services – including 3D Scanning the bear in the bear pit creating a 3D Model to smooth the bear out then 5 axis machining a MDF pattern and  finally creating the moulds for the finished bears.


Working on this project has been a team effort. We are hoping it to be a resounding success for The Children's Hospital Charity . We’re looking forward to seeing the results of our work and joint collaboration installed around Sheffield decorated by a number of artists.

You can find out more about the Bear Project and how to get involved here.