Phil Townsend

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Title:  ‘Gates’

Location:   Catchgate, Co Durham, 2000

Materials:   Buff sandstone 

Description:    A pair of sculptures to be sited at either end of Catchgate village, the designs intended as a multiple play on the name. One depicts a garden gate, the other a farm gate, with their quite different types of catch (a lever and spring type respectively). Each also incorporates a bird with another sort of ‘catch’ – a blackbird with a worm and a thrush with a snail. The scale is approximately double life-size.