Showing posts with label Public Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

George Stephenson Monument Newcastle


George Stephenson Monument, Newcastle.

The monument stands near Newcastle's Central Station and was designed by local sculpture John Graham Lough & unvieled in 1862 .
This memorial shows George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways" with an engineering plan in his hand.
The four characters shown near the base of the statue represent an engineer, a blacksmith, a miner with a safety lamp (another Stephenson design) and a plate layer with the type of rail also invented by Stephenson.
Further photos of the history of George and Robert Stephenson.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

North Shields Wooden Dollies


North Shields Wooden Dollies.

The Wooden Dollies have been a feature of North Shields for well over 200 years.
The original Wooden Dolly was a female figurehead taken from a collier brig named Alexander and Margaret which had been attacked held for ransom on the high seas in 1781.
The figurehead found its way to the town and was placed next to the Custom House Quay, sailors developed a tradition of cutting a small sliver of wood to take with them for luck when on their perilous sea journeys.
Naturally this meant the Dollies had to be replaced from time to time, these pictures show three versions of the Wooden Dolly in North Shields today, the original sculpture having developed into a fishwife over time. For more pictures of the Fish Quay at North Shields, please click here.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead


Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

The Baltic flour mill was built in 1950 and closed as a mill in 1981.
The building was converted to its present role as a centre for contemporary art and opened in this role on the 13th of July 2002.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vampire Rabbit


Newcastle's Vampire Rabbit.

The vampire rabbit sits above a door on a building behind Newcastle's St Nicholas Cathedral it has been there for over 100 years, and no one knows who put it there, or why....


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

South Shields Conversation Piece


South Shields Conversation Piece.

This artwork was created by Spanish artist Juan Munoz in 1999 and is situated near the South Shields harbour, not far from the Tyne Piers.
There are 22 bronze figures each around 1.5 metres high, the local people nicknamed the sculpture "the Weebles" after the childrens toys.   

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