Size (H x W cm) approx: 41 x 71, inc. 4 cm gaps between panels
Not for sale
What the artist says:
The blast furnace built in 1979 dominates the Redcar skyline. The last one on Teesside, it closed in 2010 and now lies dormant and rusting. For more than 160 years, iron making provided jobs for generations of families but at the same time it caused huge damage to the surrounding environment and this is my main theme.
The 3 panels and extensive use of slits symbolises the fractured nature of the landscape. In the central panel, the furnace is pixelated to represent its silence. The right panel depicts the beaches around the furnace. They are littered with concrete and rusty, twisted metal and numerous lumps of strangely beautiful slag. The left panel shows some of the structures of the furnace which are rusting and falling apart.
However, its not all doom and gloom and the landscape, sea and sky all have now started to recover.