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 32. Sunderland (5) Winter Gardens

The top 'dome' section of the frame of the Sunderland Winter Garden allowing lots of light to stream in.

 

The compact Sunderland Winter Gardens contains ~1500 plants and 146 different species of plants!

 

On the left the top of the water sculpture (10m high) and beyond it the tops of the palm trees which can grow to their full height of 11m in this magnificent domed glass and steel rotunda.

 

You can walk around the top section of this impressive structure.

 

The stairway up to the upper pedestrian level. There is a lift to allow wheelchair access for disabled people.

 

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There are fig trees, olive trees and geraniums with huge leaves. There is a fine example of a Saharan cypress, one of the rarest species in the world and known to date back around 3,000 years.
There are plants from the southern hemisphere e.g. the stunning Bird of Paradise, cinnamon tree, sugar cane, tea and coffee trees, a pepper tree which produces pepper corns and a grass tree.
 

The 'Water Sculpture' is by William Pye an internationally acclaimed sculptor. It is more than 10 metres high and constructed of highly-polished stainless steel and has a thin layer of water flowing over it continuously.

 

William Pye's water sculpture is so high, it was built before the Winter gardens were completed, i.e. the metal frame holding the glass panels was constructed around and over the water sculpture!

 

You get lovely continuously varying reflections.

 

This is a really impressive piece of modern art.

SUNDERLAND INDEX 27. Sunderland (1) River Wear Bridges, Monkwearmouth Station & Museum * 28. Sunderland (2) St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth * 29. Sunderland (3) National Glass Centre, River Wear & Harbour Views * 30. Sunderland (4) St Andrew's Church, Roker * 32 Sunderland (5) The Winter Gardens

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