NZ2564 : Laing Art Gallery from John Dobson Street

taken 9 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Laing Art Gallery from John Dobson Street
Laing Art Gallery from John Dobson Street
The exposed brick wall on the left was once part of the old Central Library which used to be adjacent to the Laing and was demolished to create John Dobson Street. A concrete walkway, part of the 1960s vision for a 'two-level toon', extending from the Bewick Court platform used to hide most of the wall here. The painted art was applied both to improve it visually, and promote the gallery. A closer view of these is shown here NZ2564 : Laing Art Gallery
Two level toon
A 1960s vision for Newcastle City Centre to separate traffic from pedestrians by creating a network of concrete walkways above access roads and traffic routes of the existing streets.
Geography reverses the situation somewhat at the Swan House roundabout which merges traffic coming off the Tyne Bridge with that from the Central Motorway and the City Centre. Here pedestrians are moved below the roads in subways but emerge again above the deep valley of Side under the Tyne Bridge.
The vision would have included Northumberland Street (where some new stores were built with shop windows at what is now first floor level), and further, but eventually money ran out and it was realised that too much of architectural merit would have to be sacrificed.
The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s was marred by a corruption scandal involving a local politician, T. Dan Smith (aka 'The Mouth of the Tyne), and John Poulson, a property developer. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, 'Our Friends in the North' LinkExternal link
The 'streets in the sky' concept is explained in the Urban Translation Tour LinkExternal link
Plans of this and other Newcastle developments are discussed here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2510 6455 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.4961N 1:36.5644W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2506 6458
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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