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 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 16:00 GMT
Talk of the Tyne
CGI of Threshold
Threshold resembles a giant doorframe

A new piece of public art commissioned as part of Newcastle and Gateshead's Capital of Culture 2008 bid has already got people talking.

"Threshold" - which looks like a giant door frame - is a interactive sculpture that responds with sound effects to people walking through the frame.

The artist, Lulu Quinn, is due to record sounds unique to Gateshead this week that will be used as sound effects for the five metre high sculpture.

The sound of the Swing Bridge moving over the Tyne and the harmony of singers from Felling Male Voice Choir will all be captured for the sculpture.

Familiar sounds

Gateshead's most famous piece of public art is the Angel of the North, which has stood next to the A1 in the town since 1998.

Threshold will have a permanent position on Gateshead High Street from the spring.

As well as the sounds of an opening door, those who pass through the door frame will hear familiar sounds and voices of Gateshead.

Ms Quinn said: "I wanted to capture the sounds of Gateshead as well as local people.

"Some of the sounds will be familiar to those who walk through the door but some sounds such as the sound of the Swing Bridge in motion will be new and unique to people who have lived in Gateshead all their lives."


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