Sounds – and looks – like a great idea

Stephanie McGovern
Stephanie McGovern

AN artistic tribute to nature has been unveiled at a wildlife reserve.

Two new digital pieces of art have been launched at Saltholme, near Hartlepool, and officials have hailed them as an exciting mix of sight and sound.

The projects have been developed by Tees Valley Arts and are called Conflict Zone and Sounds of Saltholme.

They were officially unveiled by Stephanie McGovern (left), BBC Breakfast’s business correspondent.

The artworks were produced as part of the Green Tees Valley project, managed by Tees Valley Arts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Multimedia artist Lindsay Duncanson created Conflict Zone, which is a film exploring the parallels between how Saltholme was used during the Second World War and how the same land is being used today.

Sound artist Dominic Nelson-Ashley produced Sounds of Saltholme, which is a series of audio tracks made from sounds recorded on site such as wildlife, wind, traffic, buildings and interviews with local people.

Both artworks were developed with the help of local primary school children and community groups.

Joe Dunne, heritage & environment officer at Tees Valley Arts and Green TV project co-ordinator, said: “To see so many young people, their families and general public getting out, exploring and enjoying the fantastic natural heritage and wildlife we have in the Tees Valley is just wonderful.”

The project is co-ordinated by Tees Valley Arts in partnership with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, RSPB Saltholme, Darlington Borough Council, Teesmouth Field Centre and Tees Archaeology.