Viewmarker art installations unveiled
A CONTROVERSIAL collection of “viewmarker” artworks in Teasdale were officially unveiled as part of an international conference.
Nine cast iron sculptures, known as Elements, by Hexham artist Victoria Brailsford, have been placed at seven significant sites in the dale as part of the Teesdale Viewmarkers project.
The art works have sparked much debate with some people saying the scenery is beautiful enough without them, while others say they enhance the landscape.
The viewmarkers were launched during the Philosophers, Artists and Farmers Symposium which was held at The Bowes Museum last week and attracted 100 delegates from all over the world.
The symposium examined ways of decision-making on landscape policy based on the the lessons learned from the Lottery and Durham County Council-funded Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership (HoT), which is being wound up this year. The Elements where commissioned by Artworks in Teesdale.
The launch included a walk by symposium delegates from Whorlton, along the Teesdale Way to The Meeting of the Waters, near Rokeby, where the Merge sculpture has been installed.
HoT chairman Graham Young recognised the controversial nature of the art an admitted that one of the first complaints during the symposium was about the works spoiling the landscape.
He said: “But that is what it is about, people have different points of view.”
He said it was important to have debates and for people to have differing views.
He also paid tribute to the viewmarkers, saying: “These people put blood, sweat and tears into it. A phenomenal amount of work and effort has gone into it.”