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.


Seaham Marina car park: This is an accessible site and the artwork is in the car park, which is partly closed for public use for the duration of the festival.

If accessed on foot, there is a steep incline from the road down to the car park. If you are arriving by car, the site is fully accessible.


Tim Etchells

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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