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Newcastle, Blackett Street, 'Parsons Polygon'
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1985 by David Hamilton. This brick and tile structure contains a ventilation shaft for the Metro system. The ceramic relief marks the achievements of Sir Charles Parsons (1854-1931), the designer of Turbinia, a turbine powered vessel. The designs pressed into the clay are based on Parson's engineering drawings.
Ian Ayris, Peter Jubb, Steve Palmer and Paul Usherwood, 1996, A Guide to the Public Monuments and Sculpture of Tyne and Wear, p 74; Art On the Riverside, Grainger Town Partnership, Arts Council England, Nexus and Newcastle City Council, Public Art in Newcastle - A Guide (booklet); Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris, 2000, Public Sculpture of North-East England, p 98-9