The Train Made From Bricks….

Submitted by shirlie williams March 8th, 2012
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In Darlington in the North of  England by the side of the road is a sculpture by David Macks. Its a train based on the old Mallard Steam Train.

The brick train cost around £760,000, contains 185,000 bricks and took 34 bricklayers  a total of 21 weeks to build, and was unveiled in 1997.

The train measures 23ft high by 130ft long, and has special ‘bat’ bricks  to encourage nocturnal creatures. I love sculptures that dominate the landscape , such a wonderful surprise to come across something like this…

6 Responses to “The Train Made From Bricks….”

  1. Allee Willis

    Totally unbelievable looking, let alone the unbelievable amount of work it must’ve taken to make this. I absolutely love how it gives the illusion of movement, especially evident in the first photo. I also love how it’s right next to the road. And I really love that it’s been built to encourage nocturnal creatures.

    Is there anything else happening in that area? I wonder if the artist is from around there? That’s an awful lot of land to give to someone. He’s a very lucky artist to get to be able to do something on this scale.

    • shirlie williams

      I will do some more posts on him Allee , his work is amazing, public installations, collages and heads sculpted from match heads which he then sets light to. I think the position of the train is on industrial land, near the Morrison Supermarket.

  2. shirlie williams

    Sorry my typing error should read David Mach, he is a hugely talented artist from Scotland re quote :Mach’s artistic style is based on flowing assemblages of mass-produced found art objects. Typically these include magazines,vicious teddy bears,newspapers, car tyres, match sticks and coat hangers. Many of his installations are temporary and constructed in public spaces.
    Funded by the National Lottery, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Northern Arts, Department of National Heritage, Darlington Borough Council and headed by sculptor David Mach the project reputedly cost c £760k.