Vandals destroy town trail artwork

Peter Seddon and Eva Hartley by the vandalised artwork at the memorial gardens in Newbiggin.
Peter Seddon and Eva Hartley by the vandalised artwork at the memorial gardens in Newbiggin.
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A PIECE of art in a south east Northumberland town has been wrecked by vandals.

Totems, by Peter Seddon, a member of the town’s Keap Creative art group, was installed in 2007 in partnership with Wansbeck District Council, making it one of the first pieces to feature on the Newbiggin art trail.

Peter said: “This is the first time any of Keap’s work on the trail has been vandalised in five years.

“It is very disappointing, especially since we have just had the 2012 art trail leaflets printed ready for the new season and this piece features in it.

“The damage is extensive, and sadly the piece cannot be repaired.”

Totems, sited in a large flowerbed next to the town’s memorial gardens, consists of five columns, each with four panels bearing images representing various aspects of Newbiggin’s life and heritage.

The art trail was established by Keap Creative in 2007, and new works have been added to it every year since then.

It now comprises more than 50 pieces of public and community art scattered across the town.

New for this year are nine ceramic panels by Peter and a series of miniature sculptural heads by Alan Vinters.

The art trail leaflet can be downloaded from www.keapcreative.org.uk