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For the 250th anniversary of the birth of the wood engraver Thomas Bewick, Nexus (the public transport authority for The Tyne and Wear Metro) launched ‘The Bewick Commission’ which facilitated the installation of contemporary artwork at its stations.

A.J Wells produced 31 vitreous enamel panels decorated with engravings created by Hilary Paynter RE. The 2 x 1 metre cladding panels formed a 22 metre long panoramic mural.

Hilary’s intricate engravings were scanned and enlarged to ten times their original size before they were screenprinted onto the enamel panels.

The cladding panels were officially unveiled in June 2004.