Turner prize winning artist to create 520ft steel pedestrian bridge across Hartlepool harbour

Turner prize winning artist Anish Kapoor is to is to create one of the world’s biggest sculptures by building a “space-age” pedestrian bridge across a harbour in Hartlepool.

The Sunday Times reports that Kapoor’s tubular steel structure will span 520ft and is expected to have a polished surface that reflects the “bleak surroundings” of the harbour. The bridge will be retractable to allow ships into port.

The bridge is one of five public sculptures due to be built in the next 10 years on Teesside and along the Tees valley by Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond.