On the 29th June we installed three new public sculptures that were commissioned as part of the Building Piece through the Arts programme of the Arts Council Northern Ireland. The pieces for Benburb, Camlough and Belfast were fabricated in West Cork over the last six months:
Convergence in Benburb, Co. Down is a 4m high gateway sculpture in repoussé sheet bronze, at the start of a new path above the spectacular Blackwater valley. It is inspired by the local 'beetling' linen mill and the flow of the Blackwater.
Conflux in Camlough, Co. Armagh is made in stainless steel mesh and sheet, again 4m high. It takes its inspiration from the natural water cycle and an abstract cloud, while the woven steel references the local linen mill.
Conor's Corner, Shankill Road, Belfast commemorates the Belfast painter William Conor (1881-1968) through a contemporary urban sculpture environment. The central over-lifesize bronze sculpture is surrounded by perforated Corten steel light boxes.
Thanks to the everyone involved in the process of making and installing the sculptures:
Moss Gaynor, Pat Hughes, Don Cronin, Karen Hendy, Nick Kottler, Alan Milligan, James Walshe, Sean & Liam, Eamonn Twomey, Donal Lynch, Robert Morrow, Rory & Aidan Creagan, Philip Cronin, Thomas, Matthew, Derry, Ken, Joe, Fred, Gretta and staff of Graepel Perforators and Weavers Ltd. Thanks also to the communities involved in making the projects happen, particularly Damian Mullan, Noreen, Sean, Darren Rice, George Newell, Paul and Steve.
Convergence from the main street in Benburb, looking into the Blackwater Valley
The new path runs through the sculpture
Looking downhill into the Blackwater valley
Conflux outside Camlough village
Evening light on the the stainless steel mesh
Bronze inserts reference the surface of Camlough lake