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

Axiom

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Sixteen blocks of white granite placed on a basalt gravel base at this isolated site near to Dunstan Staithes. Set in rows, many of the blocks are roughly cut, though others have been carved into wave patterns, and two are cylindrical.
     With a form reminiscent of architectural fragments, there is a loose affinity between the blocks of this sculpture and the surrounding post-industrial landscape, which has been described as a 'force field'.(1) Furuta stated that, 'before starting the work I only have a vague idea, totally out of focus. From the nature and character of the form to the surface finishing, I do what the stone is telling me.'(2) The white blocks were provided by Tarmac Roadstone and weigh 80 tonnes in total. A computerised drawing of the artist's concept shows that he originally had in mind a black and white arch of granite which would span the other elements.(3) This has never been put in place though negotiations continue with the artist about completing the work. It could be said that the formality of 'Axiom' in such an isolated spot is conducive of a spirit of contemplation. If so, this would be in keeping with Furuta's mystic outlook.
    

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Furuta, Hideo Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work White granite blocks on a bed of basalt chips 1500cm long x 800cm wide x 160cm at highest point

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
TWGA12 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Pipewellgate
Precise location Walkway near east end of Dunstan Coal Staithes
A-Z ref 60 5A
OS ref None

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Date of design 1996 onwards
Year of unveiling 1997
Unveiling details Installed 1997
Commissioned by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Duty of care Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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