Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upside Down World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upside Down World

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Byline: By Lucy Thorne

Metro passengers have been scratching their heads over a new artwork - unveiled yesterday at Newcastle Central Station.

Carl von Weiler's Monument consists of two films screened in stainless steel display cases to blend in with the Metro station furniture.

One, sited on the concourse at the top of the escalators, shows the artist with a strained expression.

The other, suspended from the ceiling at the bottom of the escalators, shows the artist upside down - but looking relaxed.

Yesterday Carl revealed his secret. The film showing him the right way up is actually film of him hanging upside down - hence the strained expression.

The film showing him upside down, yet relaxed, was shot the right way up.

"I've been working with notions of gravity and inversion for a few years. I liked the location here because the Metro system cuts above and below ground. I wanted to make something that also worked above and below ground."

The artwork is the latest product of the Arena project where five artists have been working in different locations with A-level students and the sculptor Antony Gormley.

The 12 students who helped Carl have their posters displayed throughout the Metro network.

The Arena programme, sponsored by the Samling Foundation and the National Endowment for Science and the Arts, has seen works inspired by five different locations.

Yet to be unveiled is Tom Woolford's LAND, a light sculpture facing out to sea at Tynemouth.

The installation has been set up in the week that Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative relaunched its campaign to make the region the European cultural capital.

Carl himself said yesterday he had enjoyed working in the North-East so much he and his wife and two children had relocated from London to Hexham.

"I was looking for another place that had serious creative energy and Newcastle and the North-East has that for me. This place provides a very important focus for my work."

* Monument, sponsored by Nexus, is on display until October 26.

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