A TYRANNOSAURUS rex, Tutankhamun and the Houses of Parliament - these were the timber structures brought to life yesterday on Tyneside.
The tyrant lizard and the pharaoh hid among the trees alongside a giraffe, The Angel of the North and Olympians Mo Farah and Usain Bolt at Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.
Hundreds of families from all over the region swarmed to the event in a bid to see the sculptures and even have a go at building them.
Hammers and saws worked furiously while imaginations whirred as people took to creating wooden creations for Gateshead’s 27th annual Family Sculpture Day. Every year, the day has a different theme with this year’s being Wonders of the World.
Timber mills donate a huge amount of wood off-cuts for the free event, which continually attracts a large number of visitors.
Karolynne Hart, Gateshead Arts and Education Manager, said: “It has been a really good turn out, and we have a lot of families who come year after year.”
Professional sculptors were on hand yesterday to offer creative advice and assistance to anyone who was struggling.
Suzanne Hutton, 30, an artist from Gateshead, said: “Sculpture Day, in itself, is such a fun wholesome family day.
“Everyone gets involved and they see what happens.
“With so much doom and gloom around with the recession, its nice to focus on arts and activities. It’s free and a great day out for families without having to spend loads of money.”
Marvin Kitshaw, 42, from Winlaton Mill, was also there, demonstrating his skills in Raku pottery.
“I’ve been doing this event for over 10 years, it’s lovely and safe – everyone helps each other out,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to put something cheap on for the families, especially when it gets kids to do something with their hands and teaches them all the basic skills that they need to learn.”
David Brown, 43, a timber mill worker from Birtley, was supporting his son, Michael, 14, in an recreation of the Palace of Westminster.