Marks in the Landscape New to Lumiere Neon


Tim Etchells (UK)

Location: Seaham Marina Car Park, Seaham, County Durham

Occupying a prominent position in Seaham Marina, this large scale LED text sculpture pairs two well-known phrases, which seem to contradict each other. What are we being told to do?

Fabricated from steel and white LED, reflecting the ebb and flow of the tides, the work also suggests the choices we make, and wider social struggles of compliance and resistance.

About the artist

Tim Etchells is an artist, writer and performer whose work explores the minefield of language and communication and how juxtapositions can make clear instructions ambiguous and uncertain. You can see a further example of his text sculpture at Redhills Miners’ Hall as part of the Lumiere 2021 city programme.

Tim Etchells has exhibited other installations for LumiereLet’s Pretend None of This Ever HappenedPlease Come BackWait Here I Have Gone to Get Help (all Lumiere Durham 2009), Will Be (Lumiere Durham 2011), A Stitch in Time (Lumiere Derry-Londonderry 2013).


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