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Rejected artwork may be restored
Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee (image courtesy Elain Harwood)
The Apollo Pavilion was completed in Peterlee in 1970
A controversial piece of public art in County Durham, which was famously refused listed status by the government, is set to be restored.

The Apollo Pavilion was created by abstract artist Victor Pasmore and completed in Peterlee in 1970.

In 1998 the government refused to grant the sprawling concrete structure Grade II listed status, despite a recommendation from English Heritage.

Now Durham County Council says it is considering a restoration project.

The pavilion is a concrete bridge, which spans a small pond in the centre of the town.

Experimental housing

But it has had a chequered history, with problems of vandalism, graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

Pasmore produced experimental housing plans for Peterlee in the early 1960s and became involved in the design for the pavilion after the original architect withdrew.

The pavilion grew from the need to focus on the central area where a small pond separated the road from pedestrian areas.

Over time, the housing was altered and upgraded, leaving only the pavilion in its original form.

Now an exhibition is being mounted which will propose a number of schemes to restore the structure.

Pasmore, who died in 1998, is regarded as one of Britain's most influential abstract artists.

His work can be found in the Tate Britain, London's Royal Academy of Arts and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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