Spending fifteen minutes basking in the light from Daniel Buren's installation at the Baltic Mill is as good as an hour in a spa. No, really, trust me. It gives a hit of happiness.
Try to pick a sun-shiney day because the intensity of colours changes with light and weather. I arrived at 2pm there were a few fluffy clouds above the glass roof which gave variety between muted and concentrated reflection. From this..
Where is the Baltic Mill?
It sits at the edge of the River Tyne in Gateshead just a short stroll across the Millenium Bridge from the English city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
It's full title is the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The Buren exhibition takes up two floors;
One floor is full of sculptures that use colour and light for impact and the other is the giant stained glass. There is a viewing platform above reflection, when you have enjoyed being in the artwork you can watch others do the same.
Children were dancing in the colours and trying to catch them.
There was a genuine shared enjoyment of the experience. My mum and I were having a brilliant time.
One can ride in the glass lift between the floors but we chose the stairs, with mirrors on floor and ceiling the stairwell became another artwork.
Albeit a vertiginous one.
I think I was still on a colour high when I reached the fabulous Baltic gift shop, why else would I want to take home a family of plastic dolls? I really wanted them but showed restraint...until next time
Daniel Buren is at level 3 and 4 of The Baltic until October 12th. Entrance is free but donations are most welcome. I'll be back.