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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Windy Nook


Type Landscape , Sculpture

     A dramatically sited piece of 'land art'. Using 2,500 tons of granite reclaimed from the old Scotswood Bridge, the work consists of a number of interlocking stone walls and paving, making what seems to be a fortified position atop the windswept hill.
     Windy Nook hill is a former pit slag heap, turned into an art work and unveiled as part of Gateshead's Sculpture Week in 1986. It was built with the help of workers on a Manpower Services Commission scheme with sponsorship provided by Northern Arts and a number of commercial and government bodies. Cole was assisted in construction by Ross Winning.(1) As Windy Nook is an isolated spot high above surrounding housing estates it has inevitably attracted miscreants and vandals from the earliest days.(2) However, the robustness of the stone and earthworks means that little damage has been done. Children call the hill-top sculpture 'the fortress' and this is a popular area for residents from surrounding estates to exercise in, with a network of paths across the open ground. Gateshead council have contacted Cole about renovating 'Windy Nook' and hope that any necessary work will be undertaken in the not too distant future.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Cole, Richard Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Stone blocks and earth 3000cm wide x 1500cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Graffiti
Road Whitehill Drive
Precise location Crest of hill
A-Z ref 80 4B
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1985-1986
Year of unveiling 1986
Unveiling details Constructed on site 1986; renovated 1999
Commissioned by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? At Risk

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