Located on the Promenade, about fifty metres past the Pitcher and Piano. The work is made from forged steel, commissioned by the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation, 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.