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Volunteers filmed for Sunderland station art

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

Sixty volunteers are being filmed as part of a permanent artwork which will be seen by two million people a year at Sunderland railway station.

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

The work will be behind a 460ft (140m) glass wall and feature moving images of people performing tasks while waiting on a train.

The artist Jonathan Hodges started filming on Tuesday.

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

Ambitious transformation

Mr Hodges of Jason Bruges Studio said: "While the final work will conceal people's individual identities, they may still be able to recognise their movements in the characters."

Andy Bairstow, communications director for Nexus, said: "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 the 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 a new customer information system.

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