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Volunteers sought for Sunderland Station artwork

Impression of Sunderland station artwork
How the new artwork at Sunderland station may look

Volunteers are being sought to become part of a permanent artwork which will be seen by two million people a year.

Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus has commissioned the light art installation as part of a £7m refurbishment of platforms at Sunderland Station.

The artwork will feature moving images of human figures behind a 460ft (140 metre) glass block wall facing two of the station's underground platforms.

Artist Jason Bruges is looking for 60 volunteers from the city.

Those chosen to take part will be filmed performing simple tasks and movements that might be done by people waiting for a train.

Ambitious transformation

The film will be converted into blurred images that will make up the final work.

Volunteers will be recruited through a special website and filming will take place at a venue in Sunderland over two days, starting on 11 May.

Andy Bairstow, communications director for Nexus, said: "This is one of our biggest art commissions and is a key part of our ambitious transformation of Sunderland Station platforms.

"Jason Bruges is creating a world-class new artwork for Sunderland and it is an exciting part of the project that local people will be physically involved in creating it themselves."

The three-year Nexus project to refurbish Sunderland Station, which is owned by Network Rail and managed by Northern Rail, is due to be finished later this year.

Platform areas are being given a complete facelift, with new lighting, ceilings, waiting areas, an escalator to street level and customer information system.



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