A unique County Durham landmark is to be transformed by a celebrated local artist as part of a year of celebrations to mark its half-century.
The Apollo Pavilion at Peterlee is to host an inflatable and illuminated installation by Steve Messam – the man behind Hush in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural of Beauty – the latest in a calendar of events to commemorate its unveiling 50 years ago.
The pavilion, an example of brutalist architecture, was officially opened on the town’s Sunny Blunts estate in 1969, named in honour of that year’s Apollo moon landings.
Durham County Council chose to mark five decades of the structure with a year of celebrations which has already seen it house a light installation, delivered in partnership with Artichoke, producer of the Lumiere festival, and scene of a 50th birthday party which boasted live music and screenings of lunar-themed films.
The celebrations, also part of the council’s year of culture #Durham19, are now set to continue with ‘Apollo’ – in which the pavilion is encased by four inflated sculptural forms, illuminated from within.
The installation is the brainchild of County Durham based Steve, whose sculpture near Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale has been widely acclaimed.
Apollo will be open to the public to view from Thursday to Sunday, 19 to 22 September, from 10am to 9pm daily.
The installation has been funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by the council.
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