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Artist Danny Pas­sarella in­stalls ar­cade ma­chines on the beach

Artist takes coin-ops to the beaches of Whit­ley Bay

Artist Danny Pas­sarella’s home­town of Whit­ley Bay isn’t what it once was. “Like many Vic­to­rian sea­side re­sorts, it’s suf­fered over the decades,” he says. “The bars and pubs are now gone. The ar­cades are gone.”

In his new ex­hi­bi­tion, OutRun, Af­ter Burner, Gaunt­let and other cab­i­nets take cen­tre stage in beau­ti­fied ver­sions of Whit­ley Bay lo­cales. “I wanted to make sure I used ma­chines people who just had a pass­ing in­ter­est in videogames might recog­nise, [but] they also had to have the beau­ti­ful cab­i­net art­work,” he says. “The con­cept of this project is that these ma­chines have ar­rived and trans­formed the land­scapes like the mono­lith from 2001.”

You can see his work at Forge & Co on Shored­itch High St on July 25, or visit www.pas­sarella.co.uk/fan­tasy.

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