Sentius Tectonicus is an eight and a half feet-high (2.8 metres) sculpture of a Roman centurion soldier marking the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall.
Artist John O’Rourke was commissioned to create the Centurion, which is constructed from Corten steel; the same material used to create Antony Gormley's iconic Angel of the North. The contemporary sculpture links both the site’s Roman heritage and its more recent industrial past.
His name comes from an inscription recovered close to Segedunum which reveals that a centurion named Sentius was supervising the building of a section of Hadrian’s Wall in the vicinity. Tectonicus refers to the sculpture’s design as an architectural man, with the centurion’s torso emerging from a Roman four storey building.