Keel Square in Sunderland contains artwork which honours 600 years of shipbuilding, and the unsung heroes of Sunderland who through the building of ships, built a city.
The ‘Propellers of the City’ sculpture sits 292 metres from the cliff edge of the River Wear and its shipyards, which is also the length of the largest ship built on the Wear - The Naess Crusader. A granite keel line listing the thousands of ships' names links the propeller sculpture to a ship’s prow structure. The Keel Line incorporates a series of illustrations by graphic artist Bryan Talbot that record the history of Sunderland.
Visitors are able to turn the 3.5m-diameter glass and bronze propeller to allow the close inspection of the 500 inlayed shipyard photographs which were all collected through an active engagement process with former shipyard workers and their families. The collecting of shipyard histories will continue through Living History North East (LHNE).