New sculpture to be unveiled at Newcastle's Central Square

A new sculpture will today replace the DNA DL90 artwork at Central Square, in Newcastle

 

A new sculpture will tomorrow be unveiled in Newcastle, replacing a much-loved predecessor and its less popular replacement.

Advocate, a bronze statue standing 20ft, will be shown at Central Square, behind the railway station.

The artwork has replaced Abigail Fallis’ DNA DL90 - a double helix constructed from shopping trolleys - and is expected to be a permanent feature in the square.

Ahead of today’s unveiling, creator American artist Bruce Beasley said his piece of work was about strength and balance.

Mr Beasley, who became the youngest artist ever to be collected by Museum of Modern Art in New York, said: “I take on shapes like musicians take on notes. Individual notes don’t mean anything but when you start putting them together you get music. A sculpture is like that.

“I play with shapes until something starts to happen.”

The Advocate was cast at Pangolin Editions foundry and is the latest sculpture to be installed in Central Square after being commissioned by Parabola Estates.

An accompanying indoor exhibition of Beasley’s work will also be held in Central Square.

The DNA DL90 sculpture, along with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s the Vulcan, which was previously on display there and was much admired, are now going to be included on London’s £3m new sculpture trail, The Line, which will link Olympic Park with the O2.

Born in 1939 in Los Angeles, California, Mr Beasley honed his metalworking talents while studying at the University of California, Berkley art department.

Today his work resides within a number of private and public museum collections worldwide.

His sculptures explore the simple shape as well as mass and geometry and his inspiration comes from organic structures and through observation and investigation.

Mr Beasley added: “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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