Derwent Walk Express
A two-thirds life-size representation of a steam train in polychrome relief, set approximately 5 metres up on top of a stone wall. This forms a highly visible gateway to the Derwent Walk pathway which leads to the south. The wall turns on itself so that there are additional façades to the main length which fronts the road. Painted in bright primary colours, the train is depicted moving through an industrial and rural landscape, and small tableaux of animals and vegetation are sited on other angles of the wall.
Described as 'probably the only locomotive which tows its own passing landscape behind it', this colourful sculpture of a steam train also includes vignettes of wildlife and a power station.(1)
Derwent Walk Country Park follows the line of an old railway used to transport coal, which has been replaced by a cycle and footpath. This ends in Rowlands Gill, 3 miles to the south. Ths sculpture was commissioned by Gateshead MBC as part of its public art programme in the mid-1980s and financed by the organisations credited on the plaque.
Metal plaque on wall below: DERWENTWALK EXPRESS / by / ANDY FROST / unveiled by / NORMAN BUCHAN MP / 9 Oct 1986 / Funded by Tyne and Wear County Council / Gateshead MBC and Northern Arts
Metal plaque on wall below: BBC / TOWNSCAPE / AWARD / 1988
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