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Artwork celebrating County Durham unveiled

Published June 04, 2018 1.49pm


A giant artwork made up of four images of iconic County Durham landscapes has been brought together for the first time.

Message Wall complete

Kara Strachan and Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of the council, with the message wall

The hand-painted piece - measuring 12 metres long - is made up of messages from members of the public describing why they are proud of their connections to the county.

The mosaic-like image has been created by artist Kara Strachan on behalf of the council as part of its Celebrating Durham campaign.

Kara and her team have been working on individual panels of the wall at various locations around the county over the past week, including Beamish Museum, Clayport Library in Durham, Dalton Park shopping outlet and the Witham in Barnard Castle.

Now that the four panels are complete, they have been brought together at County Hall, where they are on display until Monday, 11 June.

More than a thousand messages

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: "It's fantastic to see the walls completed and the fact that they are painted from more than a thousand messages from people celebrating our county is particularly special.

"The artists have done a wonderful job of recreating some of the most iconic scenes and landmarks from right across County Durham and of taking the audience from dawn to dusk.

"The walls have been brought together here at County Hall for a few days and people are really welcome to come and enjoy them.

"We then hope to take them further afield to help showcase our county's unique offering across the country."

The wall features landmarks including Seaham's much-loved Tommy statue, the stunning Heritage Coast, Lumley Castle, the Emirates Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street, a waggon from Beamish Museum, Durham Cathedral and High Force in Teesdale.
 

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