Gorgeous pictures as Durham Lumiere team illuminates Apollo Pavilion landmark to celebrate 50th anniversary of concrete artwork

It's been a controversial landmark for decades, but few could fail to be impressed with the Apollo Pavilion's electric new clothes.

Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 10:14 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 10:28 am
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The Apollo Pavilion bridges a beck in Peterlee's Sunny Blunts housing estate, a rare UK example of a large-scale experiment in the synthesis of art and architecture.
The piece has divided opinion over the decades, and some have even called for it to be torn down.
The work was designed by Victor Pasmore - one of Britains greatest post-war artists.

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Work began on the 33,000 creation in early 1969
Artichoke, the team behind Lumiere in Durham, were called in to help with celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Pavillion
Artichoke commissioned artists from Berlin to design the lighting system
Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: I think it looks spectacular. It doesnt matter if you like the sculpture or not this will be something for people to remember for years to come.
There will also be a 50th birthday party for the landmark in July
A unveiling of an art installation in September and a landscape art project for secondary and higher education students are also planned.