Stone Stair Carpet
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
WILBOURN , FISHER
View looking down the carpet with a seal basking on the bottom steps. Photographed in 2001. A carpet carved into existing steps which required renovation. The motifs in the carpet become more marine as the steps descend into the sea. A pair of wellington boots and a pair of shoes, cast in concrete, were placed at the bottom and top of the stairs respectively. Part of the St Peter's Riverside Sculpture Project in Monkwearmouth which began in 1989 with a feasibility study by the Artists' Agency, who have been based in Sunderland since 1983. In December 1991 Colin Wilbourn was employed as sculptor in residence until May 1993. The residency and the project were eventually extended into 1997 with Karl Fisher being appointed as full-time assistant to Colin Wilbourn in 1992. In 1993 Chaz Brenchley was added to the team as crime writer in residence and at the end of 1994 Craig Knowles set up a working forge as artist-blacksmith. Work was carried out on site throughout the project.
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