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'Public jewellery' appears in Middlesbrough

A new giant piece of art-work has appeared in Middlesbrough town centre and it's been called 'public jewellery'.

You can see it by the A66.

The town recently played host to an installation by Polish artist NeSpoon on the Wilson Street underpass which links the end of Linthorpe Road to Middlesbrough Train Station.

NeSpoon combines lace-making, ceramics and street art with the aim of turning unadorned spaces into something more pleasing to the eye.

The public jewellery in Middlesbrough

“As set out in the Mayor’s Vision for Middlesbrough, we want to further develop our town and wider city region as a cultural hub.

“While we already have great galleries which bring people to art, street art projects are an easy, but effective, way of bringing art to people.

“This installation is a great way of getting people to look at something, such as a functional structure like the A66, in a different way.”

– Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council
The public jewellery in Middlesbrough

“Street art is a really impactful art-form but often very misunderstood and under-appreciated. It reaches millions of people who wouldn’t necessarily engage with art and can be a positive force for social change.

“I chose NeSpoon because I think her style is beautiful and thoughtful and she stands out as a powerful female artist in a predominantly male environment.

“NeSpoon’s work is influenced by the patterns in lace and the origins of lace are preindustrial, going back to the 15th century.

“Lacemaking was largely a female practice which enabled women to contribute to the household income and grow their independence - so it’s a very interesting historical practice.”

– Curator Nicky Peacock