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Glass tower sculpture is unveiled
Sculpture Ellipsis Eclipses
The new sculpture celebrates the region's links with glass-making
A new piece of public art, which pays tribute to the North East's links with glass-making, has been unveiled.

Ellipsis Eclipses is the final piece in a collection of 18 publicly-funded artworks in the city.

The 39ft high sculpture was created by acclaimed American artist Danny Lane and is sited outside the city's Gate entertainment complex.

It is made up of 1,100 pieces, weighing 10,000 kilograms, and had to be lifted into place by crane.

Ellipsis Eclipses is part of the city's Grainger Town Partnership 'Art in the Heart' project to encourage private developers to commission art.

Mr Lane said the structure was in keeping with the region's glass-making and maritime history.

'Spectacular conclusion'

He said: "To have a sculpture made of solid glass on this scale is unprecedented.

"In order to create it we have used a stainless steel structure, similar to a mast of a sailing vessel.

"With the spine like a mast and the glass like a sail, Ellipsis Eclipses will connect with the maritime tradition of the city."

Councillor David Faulkner, of Culture, Heritage and Sport at Newcastle Council, officially unveiled the sculpture on Tuesday with the help of children from Hawthorne Primary School in Newcastle.

He said: "It is one of the final pieces in a collection of 18 art works and a spectacular conclusion to the Grainger Town public art programme."

The city council, One NorthEast and Arts Council North-East were all involved in the project.

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