“The trouble with public art…”

The ‘Balls on the Falls’ are nearing completion, at a reported cost of £486,000.  Timely then to read the Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones on news that Mark Wallinger’s proposed giant white horse at Ebbsfleet is unlikely to become a reality.  From Jonathan Jones’ blog The trouble with public art is that it is a load of ugly, pompous, pretentious and narcissistic rubbish dumped on a snoozing public by arrogant bureaucrats and sponsors … Sorry, leapt to the point a …

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In Tunisia, Takriz is a name for ‘balls’ and a youthful rebellion…

From Moochin’s somewhat geographically inaccurate, but somehow apt description of the new sculpture at the bottom of Broadway, to another use of the word balls (and Rise, rising, etc)… In this case it’s from the Tunsian popular term for ‘balls’, takriz. In Tunsia, it stands for the unrest and dissatisfaction of adolescent youth. But the concept of the dissatisfaction and frustration at not having your talents appreciated and/or put to good use and giving rise to a form of physical …

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POTD – Balls

The new sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress entitled The Balls on the Falls Rise nears completion Moochin PhotomanPhotographer and visual artist based in Belfast. I have facilitated community based workshops with groups as diverse as visually impaired individuals in Dungannn, Travellers across Northern Ireland, Young Offenders and many community groups across Belfast. My work has exhibited extensively here in Northern Ireland in group and individual shows and has been shown in North America and i had my first solo international exhibition …

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“Rise is the tallest piece of public art ever commissioned in Northern Ireland…”

The Belfast Telegraph reports that construction work has begun on Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress’ 37.5 metres tall, 30 metre wide, ‘Rise’ sculpture at the Broadway Junction – a year later than was expected in 2009.  From the Belfast Telegraph report The massive silver and white steel sculpture, which will be taller than the city’s Albert Clock, is being built at the Broadway Roundabout — just yards from where some householders still have outside toilets. Designed by Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress, it is made …

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