It was commissioned in 2009 to celebrate the completion of the Northern Kites Project (to re-introduce the Red Kite into the skies of Gateshead's lower Derwent Valley) and was always designed as a semi-permanent artwork with a lifespan of between 5 and 10 years.
In truth its been looking rather pale and sun-bleached for the past 3 or 4 years and was reduced to just 3 panels a couple of years ago, so had come to the end of its expected lifespan.
|Spirit of the Valley (In its glory days)|
I was proud to be trusted with this huge commission and be associated with a project dear to my heart, and though sad this particular piece of my work is no more, there are still information panels on display throughout the Valley using my artwork, so the legacy of my connection with the project still lives on, and more importantly, the Red Kites themselves are thriving in the Valley and long may they continue to do so.
For the full story of 'Tesco - Spirit of the Valley', click on the relevant page in the header.