Wow it’s Saturday again! These weeks are going far too fast!!! Shop is open today 10-4pm & Jude will be happy to help. Be gentle with her though as I’ve worn her out this week with all the Xmas excitement 😜
A small selection of our jewellery we have in, I love this range as they make something for everyone.
I’ll take some more photos of the rest later today.
Shops open 10/4 & if you’re lucky there’s still some @qualitystreetuki hidden around from Wednesday night.
The Couple sculpture, Newbiggin, Northumberland by artist Sean Henry installed in 2007.
Engineers undertook the painstaking process of first manoeuvring a 10-tonne platform into place on six tilted stilts 7.5m above the sea, before the 5m tall bronze, painted, statues were edged into place on it.
The platform, standing over a new breakwater in Newbiggin Bay, has 130 bolt holes that had to be a perfect fit for the bolts on the waiting stilts.
Both statues were modelled on a real couple in the same clothes they wore when they were photographed by Mr Henry. But their real identity is a secret.
As he nervously watched the operation from Newbiggin promenade, Mr Henry said: “I want them to be anonymous and for people to make up their own stories about them. But I had to model them using real people. I always do. “I have made them so that he is aware of her and she has an elbow almost touching him, but there is still a negative space between them that, on some days, will be filled by the rising sun.” The Couple were positioned with their backs to Newbiggin’s newly recharged beach, facing out to sea and the far horizon to add to the mystery of the work, he added.
The crane was used first to lift a steel shelf on to six 7.5 metre support struts. They are designed to keep the Couple from getting their feet wet, even in the most extreme conditions. “I made the platform 7.5 metres high because once in 100 years there is a six-metre swell in Newbiggin,” said Mr Henry.
The figures he created were cast in bronze at a Liverpool foundry and later painted by Mr Henry using special anti-fouling marine paint.
The artwork is part of a regeneration programme that has already seen 500,000 tonnes of sand brought from the sea bed eight miles off Skegness.
I'm lucky enough to live on the Northumberland coast. It's quite a magical place steeped in stories about castles, conquerors and the curious creatures that live in the wild countryside.
However, in the last month, two whales have washed up on our shorelines within a few miles of each other. Both young. One a humpback, one a sperm whale. It's upsetting to see such giants lie lifeless and crowds have gathered. Most, I guess, are there to contemplate (life, death, is it a result of something we've done?), maybe they're just there to witness the spectacle. But some have been after teeth. Teeth. They want to rip the teeth from its mouth!