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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 February, 2005, 06:16 GMT
Historic park gets new sculpture
Tyneside's newest piece of public art is set to be unveiled in one of its oldest Victorian parks.

Renowned sculptor Tom Grimsey will be in Newcastle's Leazes Park on Thursday putting the final touches to his piece The Flowering of Lort Burn.

The sculpture is part of the city's Hidden Rivers project which comprises five pieces of art inspired by local burns and rivers beneath Newcastle.

It features a carpet of steel flowers "floating" on a river of blue concrete.

The piece traces the Lort Burn's course under the city from near the children's play area through to the Richardson Road entrance to the park which opened in 1857.

Ceramic pool

Matthew Lennon, public arts officer for Newcastle City Council, said: "This is a playful demonstration of human expression interwoven with natural and man made materials. "It's a colourful and exciting addition to the park's environment and the city's public art collection."

The sculpture also features a ceramic pool with metal sculptures representing the water droplets which can be used as seats.

Last year Leazes Park underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment during which the lake was drained and cleaned, the bandstand was restored and the ornate Jubilee Gates recreated.

The Heritage Lottery fund provided 3.7m of the 4.9m cost, with Newcastle City Council supplying the rest.


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