Middlesbrough Artwork Shines at Lumiere

A touch of Teesside was added to Lumiere in Durham this year with the help of Middlesbrough’s Twist Design.

Lumiere6844Three Robin Reliants have been turned into pieces of art, their windows replaced by stained glass windows depicting local North-East heritage, the Lindisfarne Gospels, royalty and popular culture icons such as Amy Winehouse.  They are situated in three of the park and ride car parks, bringing the art out of the city centre and bringing it to the very start of peoples’ Lumiere journeys.

Twist Design were one of the winners of the BRILLIANT competition, a design competition for local North East artists ran by Artichoke, the company behind Lumiere.  Anyone based in, or originally from the region was given the opportunity to submit an idea for an artwork made of light.  There were 80 proposals in total and from this Twist Design was one of 4 projects selected for development into actual artworks at this year’s Lumiere.

Twist Design speak to Artichoke about their designs below:


There is also a BRILLIANT blog that talks about the finalists in more detail, including the various processes that the artists went through to get from the idea of the design to the reality of making it happen.  The link below shows how the amazing stained glass windows were made, not quite how you might think.  The cars themselves were sourced using the internet, but actually ended up coming from Marske-by-the-Sea and Billingham.  The glass was made by Creative Glass in Stockton and the breaker’s yard in Marske helped renovate and paint the vehicles.


Pictures here were taken at the Howlands Park and Ride, but there were two other amazing Robin Reliant transformations at two other sites.

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