Friday, January 21, 2011

Taking the RISE out of community public art consultation

RISE - computer generated image of what it will look like

Back in November, I posted about the RISE sculpture that will shortly be materialising on the Broadway roundabout at the top of the M1 motorway.

The project - and the funding - has been on the go for many years, with fabrication already underway up in Rasharkin.

As well as erecting an icon piece of public art, part of the project includes engagement events with local communities that will be staring at the two giant balls and walking underneath them. So workshops were to be arranged in the Falls and the Village.

The BBC report that there was a very low attendance at Cultúrlann on Wednesday night. Local Sinn Fein councillor Breige Brownlee commented:

"A lot of local people would prefer to have seen the money better spent elsewhere. But now that it's a fait accompli, people are beginning to warm to it, which is good."

Creator Wolfgang Buttress speaks in the clip below:

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