The artwork was created by leading British artist Tim Etchells.
The artwork was created by leading British artist Tim Etchells.

In pictures: Berwick-Upon-Tweed's historic barracks has been adorned with bold and contemporary art work

A 300-year-old landmark in Berwick-Upon-Tweed is the spot of a striking new piece of artwork.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 2:12 pm

The historic barracks has a text based piece of neon artwork attached, reading “Wait Here I Have Gone to Get Help.”

The installation is the work of British artist Tim Etchells.

He explained: “In the case of the barracks in Berwick I was thinking about their origin as part of a defensive outpost, and the way they resonate with narratives of danger, attack and defence.

"I wanted something that would resonate strongly with the situation and the phrase used in Wait Here seemed to open lots of possible interpretations, serious and comical at the same time.”

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Art said: “The Barracks were long a home for troops on call for missions further north or abroad, so in Tim’s reinterpretation they have been recast as the location for another kind of story, one about danger and the need for caution or defence.

"Wait Here is emblematic of his broader fascinations as an artist, writer and performance maker; in terms of exploring contradictory aspects of language – the speed, clarity and vividness with which it communicates narrative, image and ideas - and at the same time it’s amazing propensity to create rich fields of uncertainty and ambiguity.”

Wait Here (Double Line), has been commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with English Heritage and is supported by Berwick Welcome Visitor Project.

The work will be visible above the gatehouse entrance of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Barrack’s every day, until 30 April.

Here are the images of the artwork being installed, and then in its full glory.

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