Sculpture for Ballyfermot park by end of year

by Gazette Reporter

Sculpture Dublin is progressing with plans for the new sculpture that will be coming to Ballyfermot before the end of 2021.

The new People’s Park was chosen following consultation in 2019. In November, Breda Marron was the first artist to be selected through the Sculpture Dublin commissioning process.

Since then she has been engaging extensively with the local community with site visits and sculpture workshops with local schools and groups. A virtual online meeting was held for the artist to update the local community on the engagement process and how it is influencing her creative process. 

Cllr Vincent Jackson said: “I was excited to see the level of interest and enthusiasm for both the commission and the development of the park.

“Ballyfermot has such a distinct identity and sense of community and I’m very proud to see these values being reflected through public art.”

Breda revealed: “The feedback I have received so far has given me a deeper understanding about how generations of people have developed a unique community spirit through their strength, resilience, sense of humour and compassion for each other.  

“The concept of the circle of life and the flight of birds has emerged to symbolise the sense of freedom and hope, with the wings to fly, safe in the knowledge that they have strong familiar roots to return home to. 

“It will be a challenge to capture the powerful sense of community felt here but I am excited to rise to the challenge and give the people of Ballyfermot a sculpture they can feel proud to call their own.”

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