NZ2464 : 'The Iron Man', Black Swan, Westgate Road

taken 7 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

'The Iron Man', Black Swan, Westgate Road
'The Iron Man', Black Swan, Westgate Road
Sculpture situated in the yard of the Black Swan, a bar and performance venue owned by Newcastle Arts Centre LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
The yard is entered from Westgate Road via an arch though the yellow building just left of the music shop NZ2464 : Westgate Road

The Iron Man, built from scrap metal, was originally made as a giant stage puppet used in a production of the stage musical of the same name by The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend, released in 1989. This was an adaptation of Ted Hughes' story, 'The Iron Man' (1968). The stage version premiered in London's Young Vic Theatre in 1993.
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At the end of the stage musical, the puppet was initially moved to a barn at the Hughes' family home. It was brought to Newcastle Arts Centre for a Children's Book Exhibition and has remained there since.

Hughes' novel was later adapted by Warner Bros. as a 1999 animated science fiction fantasy action film, 'The Iron Giant', which used both traditional and computer animation.
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Sunday, 30 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 January, 2013
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Lowlands  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2453 6400 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2013N 1:37.1015W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2453 6400
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