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Blacksmiths Needle - Members of the British Association of Blacksmith Artists
Column and Steps - Andrew Burton
Give & Take - Peter Randall-Page
Keelrow - Neil Talbot & Graciela Ainsworth
River God - Andre Wallace
River Tyne - Neil Talbot
Rudder - Andrew Burton
Siren - Andre Wallace
Swirl Pavillion - Raf Fulcher
Tributary - John Maine

 

Blacksmiths Needle - Members of the British Association of Blacksmith Artists 1996Blacksmiths Needle

Location - Promenade
Materials - Forged Steel
Commissioned by - TWDC

The Needle is conical in form with six sections. Each section contains objects, which relate to one of the senses including the sixth. The objects were made in public “forge-ins” with a mainly maritime theme. The work was inaugurated in May 1997 by Evelyn Glennie, the percussionist ringing a bell which hangs inside the needle.

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Column and Steps - Andrew Burton 1996Column and Steps by Andrew Burton

Location - Keelman Square
Materials - Steel
Commissioned by - TWDC

The piece comprises of a series of curving forms surrounding a tapering column, which has a plain surface. On top of the column is a twisting abstract shape, which is on top of a gear like form. The individual shapes and material seem to allude to the industrial but taken as a whole the work could be read as waves, which are flowing around the column.

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Give & Take - Peter Randall-Page 2005Give & Take by Peter Randall-Page

Location - Trinity Gardens, Quayside
Materials - Naturally eroded glacial boulder
Commissioned by - Silverlink Properties & Newcastle City Council

‘Give and Take’ is carved from a 36-tonne naturally eroded glacial boulder over 3m in height. The boulder, rounded like a giant pebble by glaciation, was unearthed near Fort William in Scotland. The artist acquired it in 1998 and transported the monumental stone to his studio in Devon. Accepting the overall shape of the rock as a given, Peter Randall-Page mapped its entire surface with an unbroken matrix of 630 hexagons and 12 pentagons. This pattern can be seen in the natural world in cellular, molecular and atomic structures.

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Keelrow - Neil Talbot & Graciela Ainsworth 1996Keelrow by Neil Talbot & Graciela Ainsworth

Location - Sandgate
Materials - Sandstone
Commissioned by - TWDC

Keelrow has as its subject Weel may the Keel row. Sometimes called the Geordie National Anthem the song originated in the 18th Century. The Sand Gate was a main entry point into the town and was well used by the Keel men who crewed the shallow drafted Keels. Talbot depicts the Keels in one of the scenes in the work. A stone carver based in Northumbria, Talbot was head of sculpture at Northumbria University from 1992 to 1993.

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River God - Andre Wallace 1996River God by Andre Wallace

Location - Sandgate
Materials - Bronze Figure on a Steel Column
Commissioned by - TWDC

The River God is a male figure with a torso and head only. He sits on top of a steel column apparently blowing at the Siren. The figure is patinated brown and holds a staff and chain. The work is set on the roundabout at the centre of East Quayside. This and other pieces on the Quayside were funded by the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation as part of the Quayside regeneration.

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River Tyne - Neil Talbot 1996Rover Tyne by Neil Talbot

Location - Retaining wall by the Wesley Memorial Fountain
Materials - Sandstone
Commissioned by - TWDC

Carved on site the work is a relief depicting thirty miles of the course of the Tyne. The Tyne is shown as a map with various views from along the river’s course realistically carved to a relief with a maximum depth of a centimetre. Despite the overall length of the work being 30m, it is a subtle intervention into the retaining wall and quayside as a whole.

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Rudder - Andrew Burton 1996Rudder by Andrew Burton

Location - Keelman Square
Materials - Bronze
Commissioned by - TWDC

The piece is a striking but simple, rudder like form, which is subtly curved. At its highest point the form flows into a step like feature with elements, which curve out of the sculpture. The bronze is patinated green and has a aried surface, which is apparently smooth but if examined more closely has imperfections, which invite the viewer to touch the metal.

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Siren - Andre Wallace 1995 Siren by Andre Wallace

Location - Sandgate
Materials - Bronze on a Steel Column
Commissioned by - TWDC

Siren is the partner piece to River God. The bronze torso is smoothly formed with the head having a slightly exaggerated scale with a bell for an earring. Its unclear what she is doing with her hands, she may be holding something the viewer cannot see.

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Swirle Pavillion - Raf Fulcher 1998Swirle Pavillion by Raf Fulcher

Location - Promenade
Materials - Stone, Concrete, Metal
Commissioned by - TWDC

Both a sculpture and a building, the Swirle Pavillion appears to be a folly for the Quayside. It has the names of various towns carved around the inner rim taken by the artist from a faded sign at Plummer Chare and were the destinations for a local shipping company. The pavilion takes its name from a hidden stream, which flows into the Tyne at this point. Raf Fulcher teaches at Sunderland University.

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Tributary - John Maine RA 2005Tributary by John Maine

Location - Side, Quayside
Materials - Reclaimed & new granite paving
Commissioned by - Newcastle City Council

‘Tributary’ traces the course of the Lort Burn down Side to the burn’s emergence into the River Tyne next to The Guildhall. Integrated with a new traffic scheme, the sculpture forms a subtle part of the fabric of the street. Three stages charting the river are already in place, and a final element is planned for the Quayside.

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16 August 2011
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