NZ4250 : William Pye's 'Charybdis, Seaham Hall Hotel

taken 9 years ago, near to Seaham, County Durham, Great Britain

William Pye's 'Charybdis, Seaham Hall Hotel
William Pye's 'Charybdis, Seaham Hall Hotel
'Charybdis' by artist William Pye is a water sculpture installed in front of Seaham Hall Hotel in 2000.
The sirens Charybdis and Scylla resided in the Sicilian Sea. Homer tells us that because Charybdis had stolen the oxen of Hercules, Zeus struck her with a thunderbolt and changed her into a whirlpool whose vortex swallowed up ships.
In Charybdis the circular movement of water inside a transparent acrylic cylinder forms an air-core vortex in the centre. Steps wrap around the cylinder and allow spectators to view the vortex from above. The cylinder was manufactured in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 13 February, 2010
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Water feature   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4207 5058 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:50.8959N 1:20.7806W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4207 5058
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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