New to Lumiere BRILLIANT

Washed Up

Diane Watson (UK)

Location: STA Travel shop window, Elvet Bridge

An illuminated window into our plastic-filled oceans

Most days, local artist Diane Watson journeys to the North East shoreline with her dog and collects hundreds of plastic objects, washed up on the sand and tangled in seaweed. Her winning BRILLIANT artwork is formed of these discarded items, from plastic toys and bottle tops to razors and hair rollers. A kaleidoscopic sculpture of our collective waste, Washed Up makes the facts of our enormous single-use plastic consumption visible, aiming to inspire a shift in attitudes to our own environmental impact.

About Diane Watson 
Diane Watson is an environmental artist on a mission to combat plastic pollution by turning it into art. Over the years, she has collected thousands of discarded items washed up onto the coast which she uses to create her intricate artworks. She has more than 20 years teaching experience in arts education and community projects. Her work has featured in several exhibitions including MIMA’s Fragile Earth, Festival of Thrift and Navigator North’s Latest Edition project. Diane is one of the winners of this year’s BRILLIANT commissioning competition which invites anyone originally from or currently living in the North East to submit a bright idea for a Lumiere light installation.

Accessibility information

Old Elvet Bridge surface is a mixture of cobbles and flagstones. There is a steep incline from Elvet Bridge towards Saddler Street which may prevent independent wheelchair access.

Artwork description: LED Light Box 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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