Flame Flowers – Tees Sculpture Trail #24 (South Bank, Steve Tomlinson, 2021)

The Tees Sculpture Trail has been growing over the last few years, and here is one of Steve Tomlinson’s contributions to this wonderful belt of sculpture straddling the Tees.

Flame Flowers stands near the sadly-destroyed Dorman Long Tower, the works were commissioned by the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership with Groundwork, Tees Valley Combined Authority Heritage Lottery Fund.

From the guidebook:

This work reflects the resilience of nature within Teesside’s industrial environment. Juxtapositioning delicate flowers with hard, acid-etched, galvanised steel ‘Flame Flowers’ harks back to when this area saw coal burned at high temperatures to create coke and the subsequent re-emergence of flora and fauna.

You can find the 25 new artworks ranging from Teesmouth to upstream of Piercebridge, celebrating natural and social heritage. You can download the Sculpture Trail Passport Booklet here. Information from the River Tees Rediscovered Website.

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