The art outside Central Square

VulcanBack when I used to work at Central Square South in Newcastle, I’d often admire Vulcan, a bronze sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi , which occupied the space outside Central Square from 2000 up to 2009.  Next to where the statue stood is there still reads an inscription from Virgil’s Aeneid:

 “Scooped out by the action of the Cyclop’s fires; you can hear The clang of hard blows on the anvils, the roaring when masses of ore Are smelted within, and a throbbing blast of flame from the furnaces. Here is Vulcan’s place;”

DNA DL90In 2009, Vulcan was replaced by ‘DNA DL90’, a 9 metre high double helix constructed from twenty two ‘DL90′ shopping trollies by Abigail Fallis.  She commented:

“Shopping trolleys are everywhere, and have become a real symbol of modern society and today’s consumer culture.”

AdvocateIn the last week, the trolleys have been taken away, and Bruce Beasley‘s bronze sculture ‘Advocate’ has taken their place outside the old postal building.

The Artist describes nature’s influence over his process:

“Nature arrives at this perfect point between change and stillness, between form that is evolving and form that is complete; nature does this most easily and with rare mistakes. Nature remains the ideal guide and the great resource; without it, there is no warmth, no heart and I insist that my work have both.”

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