Affectionately known as ‘cow town’, Ballymoney was once a busy rural market town where buying and selling of farm animals was a regular sight. Now a new art installation pays tribute to its strong farming heritage.
In the space of just a few days, the painting of a large cows head has appeared on the gable side wall of the old mill building visible from the bottom of the town, ironically in a location where at one time would have hosted the regular cattle markets for the area.
The necessary funding came from the Department of Communities through its Covid Recovery Revitalisation Programme.
In collaboration with Causeway Coast & Glens Council and street art specialist Daisy Chain Inc the project will deliver over 20 pieces of artworks across the borough, with well-known street graffiti artist – Irony – completing this project.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Richard Holmes said: “The public art project has been very well-received, and the banners and window murals contribute to a positive visitor experience for all. We’re committed to enhancing our town centres and adding this type of creativity is an effective way of increasing their appeal.
“The visually engaging artworks tell a story of our area, and they are unique to our Borough.”
When fully completed the artwork is expected to be a statement piece as well as encouraging visitors to the Ballymoney.
This will be one of two art projects which have been planned for the town, the other to be designed and installed by artist Shane O’Driscoll, planned for the wall at the entrance to the Church Street car park.