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Phoenix Cobbles - Maggy Howarth

Phoenix Pebbles
Phoenix Cobbles - Maggy Howarth

If you're on the old Redheugh Bridge lookout point enjoying the views over the Tyne, watch where you put your feet - you could be treading on some 'cocklakia'. The term describes the ancient art of cobblestone mosaics invented by the Romans and recently revived by Maggy Howarth.  

Revival is also the theme of the mosaic which shows a phoenix rising from the flames, symbolising Gateshead's regeneration after a period of industrial decline.  

The mosaic (2.5 x 4 metres) is composed of pebbles with ceramic and stainless steel additions. Installed in 1994 as part of an improvement scheme for the historic area around the Toll House. 

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