A series of colourful art works have been unveiled at Seaburn Metro station in Sunderland as the city gears up to welcome thousands of visitors this summer.
The art work, which celebrates family attractions around Seaburn and major events that Sunderland is famous for, is a joint project by Nexus and Sunderland City Council.
It has been installed ahead of a massive year for Sunderland, which will welcome huge numbers of visitor to the city for the Tall Ships, the Air Show, and an exciting cultural programme galvanised by the UK city of culture bid.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “These colourful new displays showcase what Sunderland is all about as the city gears up for an influx of visitors this summer.
“Metro will have a big role to play in getting people into the city for a whole range of events, including the Tall Ships, and we have worked with the council to ensure Seaburn Metro station is ready to welcome the world.
“These displays are really bright, they look great, and they celebrate the attractions and events the city of Sunderland has to offer. This also vastly improves the waiting facilities we provide for our customers.
“Metro has an extensive art on transport programme, with over 30 different installations across the transport system, and these works at Seaburn are the latest exciting additions.”
The colourful display, six in total, have been mounted on to vitreous enamel panels that run along the platform a Seaburn Metro station.
The timeless images capture Roker seafront, Roker pier and lighthouse, the National Glass Centre, St Peter’s Church, the Sunderland Air Show and Sunderland Illuminations.
Four new way-finding signs have also been installed to show visitors that the seafront is just a 15 minute walk from Seaburn Metro station. Seaburn stations is the nearest station for getting to the Sunderland Air Show.
There are more than 30 pieces of permanent art on Metro and other public transport infrastructure in Tyne and Wear.
This unique collection has been built up over 30 years by Nexus and varies from pieces designed by local communities to work by internationally-acclaimed artists.
The most recent additions include Canon by Lothar Goetz at Haymarket and Found by photographer Julian Germain, at Sunderland. More information can be found at www.nexus.org.uk/art