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Address: New Bridge St., Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AN, England

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Interesting idea badly executed

The concept was good: dazzlingly bright blue glass-beaded yes covering a public square, with arty cafes and the offices surrounding it all joining in the blue theme. The... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2013
AidanDunphy
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

The concept was good: dazzlingly bright blue glass-beaded yes covering a public square, with arty cafes and the offices surrounding it all joining in the blue theme. The reality was that the tiles (apparently costing £2million and sourced from a US manufacturer whose samples clearly were not representative) were always more grey than blue, and other than a pick of... More 

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Thank AidanDunphy
U.K.
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120 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

The Blue Carpet may have looked attractive when new and glinting blue in the sunlight, but now it appears a pathetic ghost of what it once was - grey with small blue speckles - and the few rectangles that have been replaced with new only emphasise how badly the paving has faded over the years. Definitely not a well-loved, well-cared... More 

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1 Thank pausilypon
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

This should only be listed as an attraction to serve as a warning. It wasn't much good when it was new; 12 years haven't improved matters. I wouldn't cross the road to see this. It's faded with the odd tile replaced which serves only to highlight the state of the rest of it. I think the council are just waiting... More 

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2 Thank lightlyTravelledGuy
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

the carpet has become threadbare, time to take it up and replace with a more visual piece of art, most visitors don't even notice it

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1 Thank offquay
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

I just didn't like it. I couldn't see the point of the money spent on it. I'm sure the money could have been better spend on something else.

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1 Thank AILSA S
Newcastle upon Tyne
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64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

This is somewhere I walk across regularly and never fail to wonder why Newcastle Council thought it a good idea to waste so much money on something which looks absolutely nothing. Can't imagine anyone actually going to see this.

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Thank HHMNewcastle
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

not sure what its all about. an art attempt which looks reallt dated. maybe thats the point

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

Everytime I walk across this I get angry thinking that of my council tax went to pay for this extremly expenssive rubbish. The Laing Gallery is really worth a visit, just don't look down at the "carpet" as you walk towrds the gallery

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Thank Laura H
Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

It looked good and a bit quirky when it was first put down, but now it's barely noticeable. Not worth investing any time or effort to go out of your way to see, or spend much time looking at, but it's interesting to note that it's there if you're on your way to see the Laing Art Gallery (which is... More 

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2 Thank Elfdaughter
Tyneside
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45 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

This is an exhibition of why public money should not be given to well meaning fools to spend on public ' art '. The people who commissioned this short lived folly will learn nothing from its premature deterioration . Walk to Grey Street and look at the frontages of the buildings there , they are a reminder of times when... More 

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