On Friday we ran the story that Gateshead car park is being demolished this week. As an alternative way of honouring this icon of brutalist architecture, how about this Gateshead car park pin, made by Bronwen Deane?
The piece is made from a combination of acrylic and silver, featuring a digital image of the car park that's been manipulated to get the strong colours. She also sells a bangle based around a different image of the same location.
Bronwen's work is all about the contrast between the severity of the architecture and the preciousness normally associated with a piece of jewellery. Take a look at her website for more pieces that featuring subject matter like tower blocks, Glasgow Barrowlands and, of course, the Trellick Tower.
No exact cost given but the price guide on the website indicates prices start at £25 for pins. You need to contact her directly to place an order.
Yes, the title says it all – Trinity Square car park in Gateshead, made famous by the movie Get Carter, will be demolished from this Monday, 26th July.
It's an icon of brutalist architecture, opened in 1969 and the work of Owen Luder. But like most designs in that style (and of that era), it's a building that divides opinion locally. The local council is obviously not keen and has decided to demolish it in favour of a new, large-scale development.
So we wave goodbye and remember the classic scene in the movie below. Oh yes, pictured above is Jonathan Wilkinson's art print of it – that sells for £20 from here.
If the Concrete Elevation mugs featured earlier in week have you rubbing your hands with glee, WeLiveHere's Brutalist building calendars is sure to bring you continued happiness in 2010.
The standing desk calendars are the work of Sheffield-based Jonathan Wilkinson and two of the city's architectural landmarks are depicted: Park Hill and the Arts Tower. There's also a calendar featuring Gateshead's Get Carter car park (which we featured as a print last year) and, finally, no such group of buildings would be complete without London's Trellick Tower.