NZ2563 : Sports Day (1)

taken 13 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Sports Day (1)
Sports Day (1)
"The 4-metre high sculpture of reinforced, painted concrete was made on site in West Street by Mike Winstone, Gateshead's sculptor in residence from 1985 to 86.

Although alluding to Gateshead's renown in sports and the International Stadium, the sculpture avoids clichéd representations of athletic prowess, tensed muscles and 'action' poses. More humorous than heroic, Mike Winstone's figure competes in the sack race - an event not known for poise and glamour.

The artist aimed to convey a view of sport which most people could identify with - one emphasising the excitement, enjoyment and optimistic exertions of a school sports day.

The sculpture also incorporates a salutary reference to Aesop's fable of the race between the tortoise and the hare."

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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 September, 2004   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 16 March, 2008
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Sculpture   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 25471 63178 [1m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.7553N 1:36.2239W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 25471 63168
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