Great North Passion sculpture returns to Souter Lighthouse

ARTIST ... Joseph Hillier, with his sculpture, Mortal 8.
ARTIST ... Joseph Hillier, with his sculpture, Mortal 8.
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A SCULPTURE which was part of a national television event in South Tyneside is returning to the borough.

Mortal 8, an art piece created for the Great North Passion, which was broadcast live from South Shields on Good Friday, is returning to Souter Lighthouse, where it was originally placed.

Joseph Hillier, Artist of Mortal 8.

Joseph Hillier, Artist of Mortal 8.

The artwork was stored in a container at the lighthouse, in Coast Road, Whitburn, until it was needed for the BBC programme, which saw a different performance or piece created for each station of the cross.

Mortal 8, which was designed to represent Jesus Christ’s final moments, with a theme of self-sacrifice and love, was the 12th station.

It was created by artist Joseph Hillier.

Simon Colvine, visitor experience manager at Souter, said: “We’re very pleased that it’s coming back to us. It was originally housed here in a shipping container in the car park and we’re getting it back until just after Easter.

“It sort of feels like it’s coming home and we hope people will enjoy coming to see this little piece of TV history.

“It’s a very nice sculpture and, of course, it was the 12th station of the cross for the Great North Passion.”

The sculpture arrives at Souter in a shipping container on Friday.

From Saturday, the container will be left open for the public to view.

Simon added: “Obviously everyone is welcome to come and see the sculpture and enjoy it.

“It is religious but it will have different meanings for different people.”

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