Jewels of the Sea

East Shore Village, Seaham. Cast Iron. Up to 3m high. 2006. 35 pieces. 
Clients: Yuill, Miller & Haslem Homes.
Southern Green Landscapes. 

Over thirty cast iron sculptures have been created throughout the East Shore Village entrance park by the artist Andrew Mckeown. These sculptures are inspired by single cell organisms called Diatoms. Diatoms are a type of plankton and they form the basis of almost all the food chains in the oceans. The sculptures aim to symbolize the start of new life at the East Shore Village where once stood the Vane Tempest coal mine. Casting the sculptures in the industrial material of iron makes a non literal reference to the previous use of this valuable part of the North East Coastline.