Some people just don’t get it. The wide open spaces, the emptiness…..it seems so vast and uninviting. But not to me. I get it. The Sage in Gateshead is one of my most favourite places to be.
I love it. I love the space and the emptiness……it gives me room to think, room to let go, room to breathe. The curves, the windows, the sounds. I love it all. You can just wander around and at every turn there is another beautiful view or a reflection in one of the wonderfully polished surfaces….Wine glasses waiting to be filled, all lined up and ready.
It’s just as beautiful from the outside………People have come up with different names for it……The Peanut, The Spaceship, The Jelly Bean, The Armadillo…..Whatever its name, its place on the skyline is dramatic to say the least. The building is covered in mirrors, so whatever the weather, it is reflected, giving twice the impact. Bright blues or stormy greys, it really is a feast for the eyes.
I am lucky enough to have an excuse to visit The Sage often, more often than most. And it brings joy every time. Something new to see, with regular craft fairs and arty exhibitions, music sounding and people dancing. I was there during it’s 15 year celebrations…….colours and music and dancing…..Oh my goodness, it was just amazing! Smiling faces, people laughing and dancing into the night. It really does feed your soul.
Talking about food……what’s not to love? Whether it be a full-blown meal or coffee (or wine in my case) and a cake (chocolate orange swiss roll is my all time favourite), there is something for every occasion. If I have time on my hands, this is my ‘go to’ place. There really is nowhere better to take in the view and unwind.
So If you ever want to find me………..Just look for the crazy lady with a camera, looking upwards!!
I know exactly what you mean Helen, you are cocooned, , protected in a wonderful cavern of light and sound. Looking out across the Tyne at life going on in Newcastle, a bit like Quasimodo safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone ! Or at least glass in the case of the Sage. It is hard to believe it has only been there for 11 years it has become such a wonderful fixture.