Art installation goes on display at Sandhaven Beach

ARTWORK depicting a 360 degree moving panorama of the seafront at South Shields was unveiled yesterday.

Alison Unsworth, Sandhaven Beach

ARTWORK depicting a 360 degree moving panorama of the seafront at South Shields was unveiled yesterday.

Hundreds of black and white drawings were filmed to create a DVD showing a continuous landscape of the promenade and Sandhaven Beach.

Now the video will be screened in a specially adapted shipping container for nine hours every day until the end of September. Promenade, by artist Alison Unsworth, was opened by Councillor Audrey McMillan as part of the £2m Sea Change transformation project.

Coun McMillan said: “I am delighted the artwork is now ready for viewing by local people and visitors to the seafront.

“Many of the images Alison used to work from were kindly contributed by the public, so visitors may well see their images in the artwork.

“It’s a great addition to the new developments at the seafront and I’m sure it will draw the crowds.” Ms Unsworth said: “The panorama mixes my observations of the area with imagery selected from other sources such as postcards, souvenirs, pamphlets, holiday snaps and archive photographs.

“The visual journey of Promenade takes the viewer past areas of built landscape, including car parks, cafes and construction work as well as seascape and beach areas with sand dunes, public sculptures, seabirds and sunbathers. I would like to thank everyone who kindly contributed their images and hope everyone enjoys the final piece.”

Promenade will be located on Sandhaven Beach near the elevated walkway until September 30. The video will run continuously on a loop and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. It is open daily between 10am until 7pm.

The artwork can also be seen on a smaller screen in an exhibition in the Fusion Gallery at The Customs House at South Shields.

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