Propellers of the City

Broadbent Studio | 2015

Keel Square, Sunderland

Returning to my interest in landmarks (Landmarks — Part 1, posted September 2016) this caught my eye during a visit to Sunderland.

The first thing I noticed driving past, was coloured light filtering through a distinctive propeller shape.  Closer inspection revealed lovely cast metal letters and the coloured lights turned out to be photographs of people.  A granite line in the ground leads towards the River Wear listing the names of many ships (I assume built in Sunderland).

A little research revealed it was commissioned by Sunderland City Council to mark the city’s shipbuilding heritage and its role as the largest shipbuilder in the world.  The photos are former shipyard workers and their families.

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First published on Sarah’s Notebook | 2nd September 2017