Tyne and Wear HER(11165): Monkwearmouth, North Dock, 'Stair Carpet' - Details
Monkwearmouth, North Dock, 'Stair Carpet'
1992 by Colin Wilbourn. Eleven steps lead down from the pedestrian walkway down into the marina basin, carved like a stair carpet. It has a key pattern and rope edging, which develops into chains and seaweed near to the water. There used to be a pair of shoes at the top of the stairs and a pair of wellington boots at the bottom but these have been stolen. The stone steps were part of the original docks but were re-carved as one of the earliest works for the St. Peter's Riverside Sculpture Project. There are railings along the jetty preventing people from walking on the relief.
Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris, 2000, Public Sculpture of North East England, p 199-200