There’s something distinctly fishy about the latest artwork to go on show in Sunderland.
Roker Pier was graced by a version of the Mona Lisa made from items scavenged from the nearby beach.
The eco-friendly take on Da Vinci’s masterpiece was the work of artist Ian Potts and families making the most of the October sunshine.
Ian worked with environmental charity Ceed to put on a day of outdoor crafts as part of the Cultural Spring project’s “Your Art” campaign.
“Everyone has really got into it,” he said.
“I started about 20 past 10 and all day we’ve had people just walking past, enjoying the sunshine and stopping to have a look. Most of them have been happy to join in, which is brilliant.
I want to get families working together, I want to get mums and dads joining in, not just sitting on the sidelines and watching.Ian Potts
“I want to get families working together, I want to get mums and dads joining in, not just sitting on the sidelines and watching.”
Ceed’s Susan Nolan said the aim was to encourage people to get out and make the most of Sunderland’s fantastic seafront.
“We are trying to prove a family activity that gets people out and about, trying to encourage people to come down and use the seafront and the beach.
“We are about the environment and well-being, getting people to use their outdoor spaces.”
One family who had needed no encouragement were the Burtons, from East Boldon.
Mum and dad Sue and Michael had brought Matthew, 10, and nine-year-old Michael down for the day after enjoying one of Ian’s craft sessions art a previous event.
“We went to one of Ian’s sessions at St Aidan’s school, in the summer,” said Sue, “and we have been in contact through Facebook since then.
“We told the boys this was happening today and they said they wanted to come down and do it again.”
“It’s certainly a lovely day for it.”
You can follow Ian on Twitter @eonpottsarts