Propellers of the City, Sunderland

The concept of Keel Square was developed as a collaboration between artist Stephen Broadbent and the landscape team of Sunderland City Council. This new city square with its integrated artwork honors 600 years of shipbuilding, and the unsung heroes of Sunderland who - through the building of ships - built a city.

Design development, manufacture and installation by Chris Brammall, 'the Propellers of the City' sculpture sits 292 meters from the cliff edge of the River Wear and its shipyards, which is also the length of the largest ship built on the Wear - The Naess Crusader. A granite keel line listing the thousands of ships names has begun to be laid linking the propeller sculpture to a ships prow structure that is still to be built.

Visitors are able to turn the 3.5m diameter glass and bronze propeller to allow the close inspection of the 500 inlayed shipyard photographs which were all collected through an active engagement process with former shipyard workers and their families. The collecting of shipyard histories will continue through Living History North East (LHNE).

Materials used include steel, mild steel, bronze and etched glass.

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