In addition to the gongs a series of eight benches for the building, with excerpts of text taken from William Blakes The Proverbs of Hell, are sited in public viewing and orientation areas around BALTIC.
Plensa has also created a light beam sculpture, originally commissioned fro the visual Arts Year in 1996, which has been permenantly re-installed outside BALTIC and will be lit to mark the opening on 13th July. Consisting of a beam of light projected thousands of metres into the air from a 5metre diameter cast iron base, the text around the bottom of the sculpture, taken from Blake’s The Proverbs of Hell reads ‘No Bird Soars too High if he Soars with his own Wings’.
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