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We Walked out of the Wilderness

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Open 24/7 from the 30th September


John Ayscough





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We Walked out of the Wilderness

A celebration of economic, cultural and civic achievements since then, this work is intended as reconciliation with the past. It celebrates the town’s heritage, but crucially looks forward and suggests positive change and better times ahead. The work is the beginning of something new; placing the trauma to one side, it is a beacon for our collective imagination, wellbeing and prosperity. This neon light work is inspired by an iconic photograph taken by Evening Gazette photographer Peter Reimann 32 years ago, showing Margaret Thatcher ‘walking into the wilderness’ on what was the site of the former Head Wrightson engineering work in Thornaby.