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Bridges and Screens
Bridges and Screens
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Bridges and Screens

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The three bridge entrances to the park (Stephenson Gate, Village Gate, Comet's Gate) represent a locomotive, pulling a line of chaldrons (coal tubs) in homage to the railway history of Darlington. Three-line haiku poems are engraved on each panel. Bridges and Screens across the park site. West Park, the first park in Darlington for 100 years. This unique development integrates a 30-acre park with housing, school, hospital, pub and retail. Texts and sculptures exploring the ecology of the site and history of Darlington are placed around the park and surrounding buildings. The artwork’s theme, ‘Caring, Sharing and Daring’ reflects the history of Darlington.
Title

Bridges and Screens

Date

2002–2005

Medium

Catcastle sandstone, Corten, bronze & cast steel

Accession number

DL2_HJC_S072

Acquisition method

gift from Bussey & Armstrong

Work type

Street furniture

Owner

Darlington Borough Council

Custodian

Darlington Borough Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

21st June 2005

Access

at all times

Inscription description

on the bridge Stephenson Gate, five panels, engraved and filled in black upper and lower case lettering on green background: King James of Scotland called this place / 'Dirtytown right to its face / because its streets had not been paved That was back when the woollen trade / was where your fortune could be made - / those holy Peases soon displayed a lamb upon their nouveau crest / and bought and built the very best - / Darlo folk were unimpressed But Henry Pease paid for a cure / for dirt and illness in the poor: / good drains, a cleaner reservoir His 'Water for the Thirsty' tells / us: wish for more than drinking wells; on the bridge entering Comets Gate, 5 panels engraved and filled in black upper and lower case lettering on green background: In a profitable dream / Edward Pease, the Dad of Steam, / mover, Quaker, Captain Clean spent his cash from coal and wool / upon an engine that could pull / six hundred people on its spool 'Locomotion Number One' / invented by George Stephenson / tower Skipper Pease and everyone – a nation dragged by this pent fury / into a dingy century / of empire and penury. Ned's carriage was called 'Experiment': / 'Full steam ahead!' – and off we went; on the bridge entering from Village Gate, five panels engraved and filled in black upper and lower case lettering on green background: Joseph Pease stood in a furrow / in the parish of Middlesbrough / and saw a town in his tomorrow take flight. So 'Ironopolis', / furnace that fed its populace / was once as pastoral as this is – a park now rescued from the flood / of profits its Joseph dreamed did good / and handed back to bird and wood. The Peases' symbol was that dove, a / peapod in its beak, that hovered / over waters like the plover that now is nesting in this park: / a prophet for a limestone ark; on the Covid Memorial, in incised upper and lower case lettering, filled in back and surrounded leaves These trees / were planted in memory / of Darlington residents / who lost their lives to Covid 19 / Rest in peace / On behalf of the people / of Darlington

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Located at

West Park, Faverdale Street, Darlington

DL2 2GH

Located at various locations near entrances in the park.