The work is made of corten steel, weighs 200 tonnes and has 500 tonnes of concrete foundations. The mound near the A1 motorway which was the designated site of the sculpture was made after the closure of the Lower Tyne Colliery, out of the destroyed remains of the pithead baths. It is a tumulus marking the end of the era of coal mining in Britain.
I wanted to make an object that would be a focus of hope at a painful time of transition for the people of the north-east, abandoned in the gap between the industrial and the information ages.
This sculpture dominates the landscape and is designed to be visible from the major transport links around it. I like the way the sculpture seems very dense, heavy and industrial but depcts something light, airy and ethereal. It seems like a symbol of hope, grounded to the everyday.