|Artist:||WILBOURN Colin with FISHER Karl|
|TitleOfWork:||'Always Open Gates' - adjacent road sign|
|Location:||Sunderland - North Sands|
|Country:||UK - England|
|ImageCopyright:||Sheffield Hallam University|
|"During the Second World War 2,710 Liberty Ships were built in North America.|
They were based on a design taken there in 1940 by Mr J. Cyril Thompson, the Managing Director of the J.L.Thompson shipyard which once operated here at North Sands. The parent vessel for the Liberty Ships was the 'Empire Liberty', designed and built by Thompson's in Sunderland.
1944 . June 6th . 1994
This plaque was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Monkwearmouth Local History Group commemorates all those who saw active service in the
Second World War and pays tribute to all those who sailed from this port in times of war and
AS THE TIDE EBBS AND FLOWS
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" *
[ * from an information board at the site ]
Part of the St Peter's Riverside Sculpture Project which began in 1989 with a feasibility study by the Artists' Agency, who have been based in Sunderland since 1983.
In December 1991 Colin Wilbourn was employed as sculptor in residence until May 1993. The residency and the project were eventually extended into 1997 with Karl Fisher being appointed as full-time assistant to Colin Wilbourn in 1992. In 1993 Chaz Brenchley was added to the team as crime writer in residence and at the end of 1994 Craig Knowles set up a working forge as artist-blacksmith. Work was carried out on site throughout the project.