It’s been two years in the making.
But the final stop on Cork’s new Island City contemporary sculpture trail will be unveiled in the coming days.
Brian Kenny’s Tempus Futurum will see Triskel Christchurch on South Main Street lit up like never before, completing a project that represents the biggest single investment in public art in the city.
Kenny’s unique light installation illuminates the stories of Cork’s past, present, and sustainable future and echoes the adage: “A society thrives when elders plant trees under whose shade they’ll never rest.”
Scenes link human actions to nature’s fate, while 50 children envision the building’s future, sparking hope.
“The interactive finale reflects sustainability, showcasing the link between human choices and nature’s balance. It’s a reflection on the city’s growth, urging consideration of today’s impact on tomorrow’s landscapes.” say the people behind the project.
The other five artworks, which will be in situ for the next five years, include Niamh McCann’s Sentinels [flew through the ages in the shape of birds] on Carey’s Lane, Forerunner’s Boom Nouveau on Cook Street, Fiona Mulholland’s The Face Cup at The Exchange Building, Princes Street/Oliver Plunkett Street and Urban Mirror on Cornmarket Street (Coal Quay), created by plattenbaustudio.
“This has been an exceptional project for all, bringing art to the streets of Cork and enriching our urban environment and its heritage and history.” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, who launched the trail this week.
“In fact, it is a testament to the resilience and creativity of our cultural sector. We believe this initiative will deepen the city’s connection with public art and encourage locals and visitors to explore new areas of the city as art comes to life on our streets.”