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Pavilion for Cultural Exchange

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Icon For About About Iconic metal pavilion designed on the principle of a confessional box in Saltwell Park.


William is a sculptor working in metal. For the Install Sculpture Trail he has made a pavilion designed on the principle of a confessional box that incorporates 2 linked boxes with separate entrances. The pavilion, inspired by decorative symbols and motifs from a variety of cultures creates the opportunity for two people to sit and debate their views and cultures.

William uses the traditional techniques of wrought iron, welded steel, increasingly combined with less obvious materials, for instance: light and growing plants.

'Metal is an organic as well as hard-edged material. In my work I contrast manufactured structural steel with the elegance and flow of shaped lines in rod or the forged, textured surfaces of hammered plate. I use other materials like copper, wood or stone and often collaborate with other artists to include other materials for example glass'.

He sees his work as fitting within a history of making but in a contemporary idiom. Although he uses the term sculptor to best describe his commitment to including art in the built environment, he is happy to being variously described as a 'Blacksmith, a craftsman, a public artist, a metal worked, a designer or even an artisan'.

William has worked on Gateshead Family Sculpture Day and carried out schools programme of sculpture workshops during the building of the Angel of the North. He has a piece, 'Greenheart' in Watergate Park and a new work for the friends of Shibdon Dene was installed in the summer 2006. William Pym born in 1965 and lives and works in Northumberland.


Saltwell Park

East Park Road



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