Located on the Tyne Riverside path right next to the River, this red painted steel sculpture was originally displayed at Gateshead Garden Festival in 1990, now sited within Newcastle Business Park, who commissioned the piece. It is an undulating sculpture which gives the impression of rolling hills.
Cole has created a number of giant spheres made up of layers of concrete rings of varying sizes. The colours of the spheres vary as the aggregate used to make the concrete is exposed. There are spheres at three different locations along the walkway. Spheres was originally sited at the Gateshead Garden Festival.
Location – Walkway on riverside adjacent to Amethyst Road
Materials – Concrete with varying coloured aggregates
Commissioned by – TWDC
Unlike the companion piece Elephant under a Moroccan Edifice, Tipping off the World shows an elephant, which rather than being oppressed is ridding itself of its burden. Like Burton’s Lion, sited close by, the elephant surface is embellished with imprints, which appear as if manmade objects have been pushed into or cast from to make the surface.
Ancaster hard white limestone. The title refers to the place in the Derwent Valley where the artist lives and works. Nick Lloyd first showed Lintzford in the Gateshead Garden Festival. The work looks as if it is made up of the remains of a building. However the artist describes the work as portraying the countryside of Northumberland and Durham. Nick Lloyd continues to be a member of the Newcastle group of artists.
Not so much a work of art, more a memorial to something past. When they were building the Copthorne Hotel it was realised that this was on the site of one of the corner towers of the original Town Wall. The piling of the Copthorne Hotel straddles the line of the Town Wall which crossed the Close to the water’s edge and was pierced by the Close Gate.
In the middle of the nineteenth century the view west for this spot, just two miles from the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne would have been sheep grazed pastures. By 1860 William Armstrong, a local solicitor, inventor and manufacturer, had transformed the area into one of Britain’s most important industrial sites.