If you go down to the park tonight…
For the seventh year running, as part of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival, artists came together to transform Saltwell Park in Gateshead into an Enchanted Park. The gates of the park, which are normally shut at dusk, were flung open after hours so that the public could view the park in a way they’d never seen before, with art installations, lighting and performances.
One of my favourite pieces was this sphere created with pieces of carrier bags strung together and intertwined with rats. The installation is named ‘Welling Up’, and represents the excesses of Christmas and residues of modern life within the natural landscape of the dene.
‘Glass House’ sees Saltwell Towers, home to the Victorian stained glass artist William Wailes, transformed into an interesting piece of living art with Wailes’ work projected back onto the building.
The final installation, ‘The End of the Rainbow Is Nigh’, is a piece by artist Sharon Wilson and invites us to question whether we want to find the end of the rainbow – does this mean the end of our dreams?