A major new landmark sculpture has been installed to mark the entrance to Gateshead's riverside area on Pipewellgate.
Entitled Rise and Fall, the artwork takes the form of a 6m high glass and stainless steel arch. It is designed to create a new focus, meeting point and dynamic viewing platform onto the Riverside.
A sophisticated programme of over 10,000 small LED lights randomly rise and fall within the arch. It can also remain quiet at times and not illuminate at all. The arch itself appears to wobble, fall down and rebuild itself regularly; creating a visual effect that can be seen from both sides of the river.
Artist Lulu Quinn has been working closely with her production team including lighting engineers Global Design Solutions, glass specialists, Fineline aluminium and glass and steel fabricator, Mayflower Engineering.
Lulu Quinn has a national reputation, and carries out work in a range of media, especially sound and video. She designed the very successful Threshold 'sound' sculpture, in Gateshead, which sits at the top of the high street.
Cllr John McElroy, Cabinet member for Culture at Gateshead Council said: "Rise and Fall marks a new phase in the location of a major artwork on the Gateshead Riverside which already has work by national and internationally acclaimed artists- Andy Goldsworthy's Cone, Colin Rose's Rolling Moon, Sally Matthews' Goats and Richard Deacon's Once Upon a Time.
"The Riverside Sculpture Park has recently been improved to include new pathways and a route through Hilton Links to the Hilton Hotel and other areas cleared, so that visitors can continue to enjoy the many wonderful sculptures during the winter."
Artist Lulu Quinn said: "Rise and Fall stands as a monument to the boom and bust industrial history that defined Gateshead's character. The arch is a reminder of the nearby industrial heritage and the explosion of new engineering and architectural developments along the River Tyne.
"Rise and Fall combines artistic thought with advanced contemporary electrical and structural engineering. It is the result of a unique production team combining a variety of skills and imagination in order to create the unexpected. My work with Gateshead Council has been a great experience and I look forward to future projects."
Matthew Lloyd, MD of GDS, who are behind the technology of the artwork, said: “We have been working on this for the last two years and a lot of people have been involved. It has been a challenging project but the enthusiasm and investment from Gateshead has really helped make it enjoyable.”
Anna Pepperall, Public art curator at Gateshead, said: "Rise and Fall marks a new beginning for Riverside Sculpture Park, which was the start of Gateshead Council’s involvement in ‘art outside the Gallery’. The new routes which are being created will better connect the new developments at Ochre Yards and The Point and Gateshead Riverside with Gateshead Town Centre. Quality artwork can attract a new visitor to the area which we hope will be redeveloped over the coming years."
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