Teesside art 'giants' plan axed

Major public art structures which were supposed to attract thousands of tourists to Teesside are unlikely to be built, the BBC has learned.

Plans for the four remaining Tees Valley Giants appear to have been shelved because of a lack of funding.

The first piece of art, Anish Kapoor's Temenos in Middlesbrough, cost £2.7m.

Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton were also in line for their own sculptures.

'Body disbanded'

Temenos, which sits by the river Tees, had its funding arranged by the now defunct regional development agency One North East.

A second body, Tees Valley Regeneration (TVR), came up with the idea for the series but it has also been disbanded.

Tees Valley Unlimited, which took much of the TVR's work, told the BBC the giants were not part of its portfolio.

Darlington Council said it remained supportive of the project although there were "no imminent plans" to commence work.

Hartlepool Council said any renewal of the project would depend on external funding.

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