A new public art feature has been commissioned by Westmeath local authorities for the entrance to Mullingar Town Park. The winning piece, entitled ‘Stream Spire’, will be produced by Mayo-based artist Cathal McCarthy. The series of stainless steel spheres will stand at 3.2 meters and are designed to float in the air like a weightless ribbon of water droplets, mirroring the nearby River Brosna.
The sculpture will be located at the front entrance to the town park on Austin Friars Street. It is envisaged that the artwork will enhance the local environment and act as a focal point for those living in the vicinity and visiting the town.
Westmeath County Council advertised the commission in July 2009 and received over 50 applications from national and international artists. A selection panel shortlisted five pieces in September, which were placed on public display in the County Buildings for four weeks. Members of the public gave written comments on all entries; however the Stream Spire emerged as the clear favourite.
The committee finally based their decision on a number of categories: feasibility of bringing the project to fruition, suitability to the town and the site, track record of the artist, artistic quality of the idea, innovation, clarity of purpose, and public comments.
The scheme is funded by the Department of the Environment Per Cent for Art scheme through the Mullingar sewerage enhancement scheme, whereby a percentage of Government-funded capital costs is ringfenced for an art project.
For further information please contact the Westmeath arts office on (044 ) 9332140 or email [email protected]