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Galaxy art for Sage.

Artist Jo Fairfax reached for the stars to create an artwork for The Sage Gateshead and challenge people's perception of public art.

His Star Ceiling light sculpture unveiled yesterday will give visitors to the music centre an illuminating experience.

Installed in the lift area of the car park block, the pounds 20,000 work was commissioned by Gateshead Council and funded by development agency One NorthEast through the single regeneration budget. It was manufactured by Universal Fibre Optics of Coldstream.

Star Ceiling comprises 116 fibre optics of different lengths, suspended from a false ceiling and is intended to represent the night sky. At the centre is a lens of toughened glass which acts as a focal point allowing visitors in the car park block entrance to view the piece from above.

Mr Fairfax, based in Leicestershire, said: "The lift void is potentially a soul-less space. I wanted to counter this by creating a sense of the beauty of a night sky for people when they looked up".

Coun John McElroy, the cabinet member for culture, said: "This work continues our investment in incorporating visual art into everyday spaces".
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2005
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