Two new pieces of public art have been unveiled by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Dungiven and Articlave.
The sculptures were created as part of the Shaping Our Place programme, one strand of Council’s £3.8m Local Authority Action Plan, funded by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
The unique art works were designed in collaboration with the local communities to decide on an expression of art that best encapsulated the place where they live.
Welcoming the installations, the Mayor, Alderman Mark Fielding said: “These new sculptures are beautiful additions to the Borough and I would like to thank the artists and all those involved in their creation.
“The contributions from those who live in Dungiven and Articlave were a vital part of the project and the local community should feel proud at what has been achieved.
“The pieces help to tell a story about both villages, including their rich history and heritage, and I hope visitors and the local community appreciate and enjoy this new street art.”
The granite sculpture in Articlave can be found on St Paul’s Road on the left-hand side of the village on the way towards Castlerock. Entitled “Home Is Where The Heart Is” by artist Michael Disley, it combines a sense and importance of home, hearth and heart with the visual image of the nest, closely linked to the meaning of the village’s name.
In Dungiven, iconic wildlife was the inspiration for the bronze sculpture “Dungiven Hare – New Dawn, Renewal, Abundance”, situated on Main Street heading out of the town. Designed and created by artist Sara Cunningham-Bell, through dialogue with The Dungiven Regeneration Group, this symbolises how Dungiven has, like the Irish Hare, had to continually adapt and change to meet the challenges of its shifting landscape.