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Artist Emma Bennett with her work Car Park Stairway the latest addition to the public art collection in bustling Middlesbrough town center

Submitted by Middlesbrough City Council

The car park staircase by local artist Emma Bennett has been unveiled as the latest piece in Middlesbrough’s public art collection.

The artwork outside the Cleveland Center on Grange Road mirrors the staircase that leads to the center’s rooftop car park against a bold selection of colors and patterns to create a dynamic and eye-catching image.

Emma, ​​based in Middlesbrough, draws inspiration from local modernist and post-war architecture and its connection to local social memory.

Her work investigates and explores the use of colour, pattern and place in the interpretation of these iconic and recognizable Middlesbrough sites.

Car Park Stairway is his second work to be exhibited as part of the original commission from Navigator North, in partnership with Middlesbrough Council.

Broadcasting House Reimagined can be seen in Brentnall Street.

Emma said: “I really believe that art should be seen by everyone, in public places like community centers and libraries, and not just in galleries and museums.

“It’s something we should all have access to – it can make you think, inspire you or lift your spirits.

“Some of the downtown buildings are now quite old and can be overlooked, so I looked at their form and design and brought in my own colors and patterns, creating a reimagined view of the building.

“It asks people to take a little time to take a fresh look at the structures and buildings around them, especially in the city center.”

The other pieces that make up the public art collection can be seen in Middlesbrough, including the now permanent addition of Beating Heart by Stuart Langley which recently made a welcome return to Church House.

Stephen Hill, Executive Member of the Middlesbrough Council for Culture and Communities, said: “We are delighted to see the latest piece from Middlesbrough’s public art collection on display.

“The artwork proved to be a real talking point and was literally taken to heart by the people of Middlesbrough, as the love for Boro’s Beating Heart clearly shows.

“We hope everyone enjoys the pieces now that the full collection can be seen.”

James Lowther, co-director of Navigator North, said: “We are so passionate about the Middlesbrough art scene and it’s fantastic to see the whole collection on display.

“Our mission and ambition is that art can truly be for everyone, and the fun and excitement generated by this collection is incredible to behold.

“The completion of this collection is extremely satisfying and we are delighted to bring even more displays of art and inspiration for the people of Middlesbrough to enjoy.”

  • A new solo exhibition, Down Town by Emma Bennett will be at The Masham until May 21.

To find out more about the works and artists in the Middlesbrough Public Art Collection, click here

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