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The sun rises over the sculpture by Sean Henry at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Staring out on an autumn sunrise this Northumberland couple look like they have gone for an early morning stroll.

But the pair in the beautiful morning scene - captured by photographer Owen Humphreys - is actually the work from sculptor Sean Henry.

Comprising two five metre tall bronze figures – a man and a woman - standing on the breakwater and looking out to sea, the artwork was commissioned by the South East Northumberland Public Art & Design Initiative (INSPIRE) and, during high tides, is designed to give the impression the couple standing on the water’s surface at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

The artist is probably best known to the people of Newcastle for his trio of sculptures Man with Potential Selves, which are found near one of the exits from the Central Station Metro.

His inspiration for Couple came from the scale of the breakwater. He decided the project should have three distinct elements: the tapered steel pier platform and the two figures.

"I always wanted to have more than one figure to reflect a shared experience and intends to create an air of mystery by keeping the figures anonymous - looking out to sea with their backs to the shore," he said.

 
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