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Weebles at the mouth of the Tyne on the south side

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Weebles at the mouth of the Tyne on the south side

Is this an icon?


Weebles at the mouth of the Tyne on the south side

Since 1999, 22 life-size bronze statues have stood beside Little Haven Beach at South Shields, overlooking the harbour and the Tyne piers. With their large round bases, these strange figures resemble children’s wobbling toys. Like many public sculptures, they have been given a local nickname. Tynesiders call them the “Weebles”, after the popular toy of the 1970s (slogan: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”). The first thing many people do on seeing them is to push them to see if they do wobble. At a quarter of a tonne each, they cannot be budged.

The official title of the work, by the Spanish artist Juan Munoz (1953-2001), is “Conversation Piece”, a play on the 18th-century genre of painting featuring an informal social gathering, such as a card game, tea party or musical recital. Munoz’s figures, in small scattered groups, seem to be conversing with each other. They also form a topic of conversation to passing walkers, who might ask each other, “What do you think they are talking about?” or “How much do you think they cost?”


Your comments

its modern art in my local area to represent the yearly comings of visitors to the beautiful coast line and local heritage


Why would anyone ruin a natural beach with such ugly visual pollutants?
Maggie R



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