Ambitious artwork reaches Newcastle

AN eye-catching piece of floating artwork has completed its journey from north Northumberland to Newcastle, arriving at the city’s Quayside late this afternoon to a hero’s welcome.

Flow, by Owl Project and Ed Carter, is a tidemill which uses a waterwheel to power a range of unusual musical instruments.

Nick Spurr’s Amble Boat Company won the contract to build the structure and today it was shipped from the seaside town to the River Tyne.

The journey took around 10 hours, leaving Amble at about 7am before reaching Newcastle Quayside shortly after 5pm.

It is now tied up downstream of the Millennium Bridge and will be free to visit and open to all from March 25.

Talking to the Gazette after Flow arrived in Newcastle, Mr Spurr said: “There was quite a big reception party when we arrived at the Quayside and when we finished tying up we got a round of applause.

“The response has been tremendous.”

He added: “The journey was mixed. We had to be careful of the conditions but as we got closer to our destination the conditions became more settled.”

The project is part of ‘Artists taking the lead’, one of 12 extraordinary public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad to help celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.