Wednesday, 16 September 2009


These figures stand at the mouth of the Tyne, on Sandhaven Beach close to where I live. Weebles is the name given to them by us “locals”, the real name for this piece of work is Conversation piece, by Spanish artist Juan Munzo. These weebles however don’t wobble, they stay standing against all the elements that can be expected to hit a beach in the North. This piece is a modern take on the 18th century genre of painting informal social gatherings, and yes, when you see these sculptures, there are a lot of questions to be asked. What? Why? Who?

They are weird, but I think that’s why I like them, strange creature that share my beach. They are eerie, especially at night and add to the strange feeling of aloneness against the waves. I really like how there are a group of them, it’s not a lonely sculpture. It’s a happy one, surreal but there is a feeling of togetherness in this group, perhaps even conversation.

1 comment:

  1. Not the most attractive figures i've ever seen. I also like how there's a group of them, they kind of remind me of the Anthony Gormley statues in Crosby ( Still kind of wish they wobbled though.