Could watchful eyes discourage littering, or even dog fouling?

Pictured at the launch of the The Trees have Eyes project in Children’s Millennium Park areww Galway deputy mayor Donal Lyons, artist Bernadette Bradley, and  participants from both the Cape and Westside Youth Projects.   
					PHOTOGRAPH BY AENGUS MCMAHON

Pictured at the launch of the The Trees have Eyes project in Children’s Millennium Park areww Galway deputy mayor Donal Lyons, artist Bernadette Bradley, and participants from both the Cape and Westside Youth Projects. PHOTOGRAPH BY AENGUS MCMAHON

A number of young people from two youth groups in Galway city, the Cape Youth Project and Westside Youth Project, took part in a new anti-litter initiative recently.

Several art workshops led by artist Bernadette Bradley took place in which the result was 23 artworks that will now serve their purpose as ‘fun surveillance sculptures’ casting ‘watchful eyes’ all around the Children’s Millennium Park.

Research suggests people's behaviour when being watched is different to when not observed.

The aim of the initiative is that the presence of animated junk will encourage park goers to pick up after themselves.

All the pieces were created using recycled materials, including paper boxes, plastic bottles, lids and tops, jigsaw pieces, corks, coloured glass pieces, lampshades, CDs and CD racks, car tyres, metals, curtain poles, chairs, a gramophone speaker and a vast assortment of electronic junk.

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