Artist’s work to feature in ambitious TV event

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A Whitley Bay artist will have his masterpiece included in a televised event over the Easter weekend.

Richard Broderick has designed the First Station of the Cross, for the BBC’s Great North Passion event, which was officially revealed on the Fish Quay in North Shields at the weekend.

Each artist was given a shipping container to fill as part of the ambitious project, and Richard has used his to include a fishing net with human-fish scultures.

He said: “I spent some time on the Fish Quay talking to people and getting their views on ‘What is Truth’, which feature in the container.

“It is nice to be part of a big project on my own doorstep, and I think it’s a great project.”

On Monday the artwork was shipped across the Tyne to South Shields and installed in Bents Park with the 11 other Stations of the Cross and 38 plain containers that will form a giant cross.

The scale of the cross, which will be longer than St Paul’s Cathedral, is intended to replicate the length of the path trodden by Christ on the way to his crucifixion.

The art work will now form the centrepiece of an hour-long Easter broadcast by the BBC on Good Friday live from South Shields which will also feature music, performances and a documentary.

The installation at Bents Park will be open from Easter Saturday to Easter Monday.