STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton
STELLAR is a new exciting illuminated public artwork inspired by the rich heritage of The Globe Theatre. Designed by Newcastle based artist Simon Watkinson, which chronicles the galaxy of stars that have passed through Stockton’s historic venue.
STELLAR uses light and illumination to capture the idea that all of the musicians and entertainers who performed in the building would have left a trace behind that could register in the streetscape.
We had 15 star lights to fill and many famous names to consider for the privilege. Ten of the most famous who were already guaranteed a place were:
1. Buddy Holly
2. Cliff Richard/Shadows
3. Ike & Tina Turner
4. Morcambe & Wise
5. Roy Orbison
6. Shirley Bassey
7. Status Quo
8. The Beatles
9. The Rolling Stones
10. Tom Jones
During the last two months members of the public have been nominating acts who performed at The Globe to fill the 5 remaining spaces…and we can now reveal the winners!…
5. The Bee Gees
4. Norman Wisdom
3. Ken Dodd
1. and local band the Blue Caps!
The Blue Caps formed in the late 1950s and were the only Stockton-based band to ever perform on the stage at the town’s iconic Globe Theatre. They played at the Globe eleven times along with other major theatres and night clubs across the North-East, supporting various acts ranging from Brenda Lee to Freddie and the Dreamers and Georgie Fame.
About the artist:
Following the time spent working in Holland, Simon returned to the North East of England to establish a practice tackling a range of Public Realm schemes and temporary interventions. Consciously choosing to work outside the gallery he has strived to create work that evolves from a consideration of Place. This tackles both the physical and the social aspects of each environment he works in. To read more and see some of his works visit his website at www.simonwatkinson.com