Daring display of denim at Durham Cathedral

Durham University students Lucy Watson and Amy Rolf with the  Field of Jeans artwork Palace Green, Durham.

Durham University students Lucy Watson and Amy Rolf with the Field of Jeans artwork Palace Green, Durham.

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A DARING display of denim has made its home on the green at Durham Cathedral.

The Field of Jeans exhibition features rows of jeans mounted on wooden poles, at Palace Green.

The exhibition mixes fashion and science to highlight how everyday clothing can purify the air we breathe with.

Know as catalytic clothing, the jeans contain photocatalysts which react with sunlight to break down pollutants in the air.

Claire Willis, deputy director of Durham University’s Science Learning Centre, which has brought the exhibition, said: “People have been really intrigued by it, particularly against the backdrop of a world heritage site.

“Hopefully this compelling exhibition will help people appreciate the global significance around the air we breathe and the reduction of harmful pollutants.”

The exhibition, by artist Professor Helen Storey and scientist Professor Tony Ryan, has been part sponsored by NetPark, the North East Technology Park at Sedgefield.

Community engagement officer Ann Deary-Francis said: “I’m really excited to see Field of Jeans on Palace Green.

“It’s perfect that such cutting edge science is on prominent display in a world heritage site that has been a centre of learning for a thousand years.”

The exhibition runs until tomorrow, then moves to Eldon Shopping Square, Newcastle, until April 3.