WORK has begun on hand painting three old buoys to turn them into works of art.
The former marine buoys are to be transformed into public artworks featuring historic railway poster-style images.
When they are complete, they will be sited near the Tyne Tunnel’s northbound exit at Howdon.
They had been in storage at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields, but Jarrow artist Lynda Nelson, who produced the designs for the buoys, is now hand-paint images of St Mary’s Lighthouse, Tynemouth Priory and a surfer on them.
The £15,000 scheme is a joint project involving North Tyneside Council and Tyne Tunnel operator TT2.
The northbound tunnel is currently undergoing a major transformation to bring it up to the same standard as the new road tunnel.
Lynda’s designs were chosen after artists nationwide were invited to submit bids for the work, with seven being shortlisted.
TT2 managing director Trevor Jackson, said: “The buoys will be the perfect finishing touch to our re-landscaped grounds, once construction works for the New Tyne Crossing are complete.
“We’re delighted that a local artist was chosen to produce the eye catching artwork, which will offer a vibrant welcome to our customers as they arrive in North Tyneside.”