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Artist Thomas Heatherwick

Artist Thomas Heatherwick unveiled his £1.4 million artwork 'Blue Carpet' (AJ 8.2.01) last week in Newcastle upon Tyne. The bluecoloured tiled surface will enliven the space around the Laing Art Gallery at the edge of the city centre. Heatherwick won the competition five years ago. The square is made up of 22,000 blueresin tiles and inlaid broken blue bottles. Trees were imported from Holland and Germany and replanted in the square.

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