Artwork helps build bridges in Stockton

Three overhead bridges have been transformed into stunning public art in Stockton – depicting three of the town’s famous bridges – to enliven and improve Wellington Square.

The service bridges across Stockton’s outdoor shopping centre beautifully depict three iconic bridges that span the River Tees – The Infinity Bridge, The Millennium Bridge and Victoria Bridge.

The illustrations have been created by Abby+Owen, a Stockton-based creative company run by Abby Taylor and Owen Smith.

The couple who are building on their growing reputation were delighted to have been appointed to produce the artwork for the bridges.

Abby said: “Stockton is our home and to have been given this opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the area by creating some permanent artwork is an incredible privilege.

“We’re truly humbled to have been a part of producing this artwork for the town by the team at Wellington Square who in these difficult times see the true value of the arts.”

Matt Boxall, manager of Wellington Square, which commissioned the work said: “We believe that improving the environment will make it a more attractive proposition for businesses to relocate from Castlegate and for shoppers when they visit.”

The art project is part of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s regeneration of the town centre with Castlegate Shopping Centre and the Swallow Hotel due to be demolished in 2022.

They will be replaced by a new urban park, a central council office building and land bridge over Riverside Road creating a direct link between the High Street and the River Tees.

Wellington Square will become the town’s only shopping centre and Matt said: “We want to strengthen Stockton as a shopping destination and this is just the start of the many projects we will bring to fruition over the next few years.”