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Students inspired by the River Tyne.

YOUNG people from the region are seeing their artistic contraptions exhibited at a professional gallery this week, as part of FLOW, a project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

They are on display until tomorrow at Gallery North, Northumbria University, in Newcastle.

If you thought the 2012 Olympics was simply going to be a sporting event centred around London, then think again.

The Cultural Olympiad is bringing the Olympic spirit right to your doorstep with a number of celebratory cultural and artistic events being held throughout the country, primarily aimed at young people.

FLOW, part of Artists Taking The Lead, is bringing the values and inspiration of the Olympics to the North East with artists Owl Project and Ed Carter designing a unique and ecofriendly water wheel, to be placed on the River Tyne during summer 2012, in which the public can play musical instruments powered by the water flow of the river itself.

The FLOW artists decided to use their ingenious idea to inspire other young people to come up with their own sustainable contraption inspired by the River Tyne.

The students were then given the challenge of designing a contraption that responds to the River Tyne and its environment. After months of hard work, the young people showcased their efforts. Winners, King Edward VI School, Morpeth, created a technically advanced project which converted the wave flow from the river into a LED light display.

JESSICA MURRAY

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JOB WELL DONE Winners James Carr, Andrew Templey, Craig Martin, Ricky Thompson and James Famelton
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2011
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