This is a video of a visit I made on Leap Year Day – 29th February 2012 – to the Apollo Pavilion, a famous/infamous structure – not sure whether or not it qualifies as a sculpture – in Peterlee, County Durham, UK.
Named after the first manned mission to the moon in 1969 – the year the structure was built – the Apollo Pavilion is an iconic example of 1960s public art.
The stucture was designed by the artist Victor Pasmore and marked the culmination of his work as consulting director of urban design with Peterlee development corporation. The Pavilion has undergone major restoration in 2009.
Its had a lot of detractors over the years, but I have to admit I quite like it. It probably helped that I visited on a sunny day, the shadows cast by the various projecting bits of concrete added an extra depth, as did the sunlight reflecting off of the water of the lake. A visit on an overcast day might be a different proposition altogether.
It has its own website: http://www.apollopavilion.info
Peterlee is a post-war new town, founded in 1948, and was named after someone called, yes – Peter Lee (1864–1935), a celebrated Durham miners’ leader, county councillor and Methodist local preacher.
Music – Log In B by Moondog.