This could be a beautiful thing to see.
December 5th marks the final night of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah this year, and Cork will celebrate the event with a public lamp-lighting in Shalom Park.
The public artwork, named Evening Echo, is “manifested in a sequence of custom-built lamps, a remote timing system, a highly controlled sense of duration, a list of future dates, an annual announcement in Cork’s Evening Echo newspaper and a promissory agreement.
“Evening Echo is fleetingly activated on an annual cycle, maintaining a delicate but persistent visibility in the park and re-activating its connection to Cork’s Jewish history.
“Intended to exist in perpetuity, the project maintains a delicate position between optimism for its future existence and the possibility of its own discontinuance.” The work was designed by New Zealand artist Maddie Leach.
The ninth lamp will be lit at 4.16pm on Sunday, 10 minutes before sunset. The lamp will then be doused at 4.56pm.
The celebration is intended as a tribute to the “Cork Jewish Community who lived nearby in the Shalom Park area of Cork city at the turn of the century. The Hebrew Congregation has since dispersed but is remembered with affection and respect in the local community and city wide.”
The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Colm Kelleher, said: “The Evening Echo project is an important annual marker that acknowledges the significant impact that the Jewish Community had in Cork. Evening Echo continues as a lasting memory of the Jewish community in Cork city.”
You can learn more about the event here.