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Friendship Tree

Mick Stephenson (UK)

Location: Old Elvet

A glowing tree to grow friendships around the world.

The tree’s branches and blossoming flowers were created from recycled materials by over 1,000 young participants from schools in 20 different countries with links to Durham County Council, highlighting the power of collaboration in the fight against climate change. This project was created with support from UK-German Connection, as part of a year of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Durham’s twinning with the German city of Tübingen. The tree was built by a group of young people from Parkside Academy, Willington and their partners at the Geschwister Scholl Schule, Tübingen. The installation is animated with the voices of all the young people involved in the project.

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About Mick Stephenson

Since becoming a 2011 BRILLIANT winner, Mick Stephenson has cemented his signature style of turning rubbish into beautiful illuminated art. He has created environmentally friendly artworks for over 60 festivals and events across the UK and beyond, including commissions at Lumiere Durham, Lumiere Derry-Londonderry and Lumiere London.

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Artwork description: Illuminated sculpture.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

 

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