whole area until the 1970's was a scene of complete dereliction and decay
with miles of abandoned
Hadrian's Cycleway NCN 72 passes through the centre of this area and around the northern edge of the Marina
Mark di Suvero
Dene Park - "Rugged Landscape"
This was once one of the main rail corridors down to the coal staithes from the coalfields in Northumberland.
large timbers used to form the carved columns were reclaimed from the
nearby redundant coal staithes, these along with the large boulders form
the "Rugged Landscape"
Dene Park - "Water Landscape"
The dene was infilled when the Albert Edward Dock was constructed in 1880's.
new 12 acre public park has water as its central theme. water appears
first as a mountain stream, then reed beds, central pool, a cadadar,
a boggy area and finally a series of cascades before entering the
Albert Edward Dock.
Located just off NCN 72 at the entrance to the North Sea International Ferry terminal
on a grassy mound behind the Cycle Information shelter.
have a story for the viewer to interpret. With their shiny helmets and
boots, are they warriors retreating or attacking? Or are they more playful,
like toys searching for new playmates from another country or continent?
Friend or foe? Where have they
The moment immortalized in the installation is the Dudes' arrival at the grassy mound to the entrance of the International Ferry Terminal. They look like they could have been walking for days.
They have a set determination. It is not difficult to imagine that they have been arranged, as in a child's game, prepared for a mission or a battle.
The work has many different layers. From first appearing as large toys, something friendly, to something menacing and impenetrable as they are without features and are rigid and unbending. You do not know whom this team or army represent and on whose side they are.
Of course, one would like to think that they are on your side. Nevertheless, this is all open to interpretation. It is very easy to read different stories into them. Imagine who they are, where they came from and what they intend to do when they reach their destination.
From a distance they appear larger than life but as you get closer to them, it becomes clear that they are no higher than a tall child or a small adult. One has to think again, what this group is up to.