Geordie Metal

The heavy industries of north-east England have long gone and the natural landscapes have been restored.

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Now, in a Northumberland field, there is a spoon.

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That 4m high installation is by Bob Budd. Meanwhile, at Beamish in County Durham, model cows are made from excavators. Nearby is another memory, Andrew Mckeown’s hammer and nails.


Helen Marriage is a director of Artichoke, the arts company behind the Lumiere Festival in Durham. And there is Silvas Capitalis, a giant wooden head made from 3,000 pieces of timber in the Kielder forest:

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Just to the south of this, in Newcastle, Kenneth Armitage’s giant hand, Reach for Stars, used to be tucked between two buildings.