Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sight at the End of the Metro Tunnel

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sight at the End of the Metro Tunnel

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Byline: By Peter Young

Expenditure on underground art is criticised

Britain's first public artwork in a railway tunnel is about to be unveiled ( and it's already proving controversial.

From tomorrow passengers will see a 300-metre strip of 115 picture panels flash past their carriage windows as they leave Gateshead Metro Station bound for Newcastle.

Called Space Travel and created by London-based artist Elizabeth Wright, the artwork is a sequence of images taken from car parks across the UK, and was installed during the night.

Officials at transport operator Nexus, which commissioned the pounds 60,000 work, say the reflective panels depict a journey from the bottom of a deserted multi-storey car park to the open roof. They reckon this can be likened to the journey through the Metro tunnel as people emerge into daylight over the River Tyne.

Nexus contributed pounds 15,000 towards the cost of Space Travel through the Art on Transport programme, which has seen more than 40 works installed on the railway since 1977. …

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