“Mute Meadow” to be Foyle Public Art

The current Northern Ireland Arts Minister, the DUP’s Gregory Campbell, has revealed the £800,000 “inspirational piece of public art that will reflect the spirit, creativity, history and diversity of this city and its people” that will be the Foyle Public Arts Project announced in January last year. The project’s website never did take off but the BBC report has some details of the winning design by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier. And there should be an animation somewhere.. From today’s announcement

Speaking at the announcement Minister Campbell said: “The winning design, ‘Mute Meadow’, by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier is truly inspirational. It is a City’s architecture and public art that makes it unique and helps it to stand out from other international cities. This piece of art work will certainly do that and it will be visible from the old walled city across the river and in turn, the site of the work itself offers prime views over the river to the walled city opposite.”

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  • Expenses


    Who really cares?

  • Pete Baker

    I do.

    And, as far as blogging it goes, that’s all that matters.

    If you don’t want to comment on it, then don’t.

  • The Raven

    Ignore it, Pete. Their posts read like a disgruntled auditor.

    I think – costs notwithstanding – that this is a move in the right direction. Increasingly modern society is leaving very little ‘behind’ so to speak.

    Buildings that depreciate down to the cost of reclaimable steel after 25 years…very little in terms of public realm art…we fight over the statues and features that are there from yesteryear…

    It’s good to see that an attempt is being made to leave some sort of artistic or architectural legacy. And if you don’t like it? Well, the debate is half the reason for having it.

  • fin

    pics look nice, public art is important, and its a bargain compared to what has been handed to the darlings of BritArt for a bird on a pole and other rubbish

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    More art and art appreciation badly needed for NI, even despite these credit crunch times. The days of the sinister, tawdry and mawkish murals on the gable ends of houses are gone.

    Titian, Rubans, Velázquez, Carravaggio, Van Dyck etc..etc…dive in a enjoy their sumptuous historical paintings instead; contemporary art, modern art, sculpture, architecture, public and urban planning, get out there and take an interest!

  • joeCanuck

    Totally agree with those who appreciate public art and who think it’s important.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    “Standards have fallen badly, this blog is going doooowwwwwnnnnn”

    Regarding the few replies but it….

    Might show the poor appreciation for art in NI.

    Might show that folk are more interested in slagging off each other when more “juicy” subjects like Irish history and politics are on the menu.

    Might show that folk are away for the weekend, and out enjoying their lives.

    Might show that the credit crunch has bitten and the “lecky” and the Internet bills are too high.