Sculpture in the Lough Boora Parklands
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Sculpture in the Parklands at Lough Boora, County Offaly. Artists to Celebrate the Industrial Heritage of Ferbane at Sculpture in the Parklands.
Lough Boora Parklands host some of the most innovative land and environmental sculptures in Ireland. The artists, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the bog lands, have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of Sculpture in the Parklands permanent collection. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts interested in its unique flora and fauna, now enhanced by innovative works of art that change with the weather, through the seasons and the years.
Industrial materials of the bog, such as locomotives, rail line, timber and stone have been developed into magnificent sculptures. Over time with the effects of nature through the different seasons, some of the sculptures have altered in colour and developed wonderful colonies of plant growth becoming once again part the landscape.
The first artworks were commissioned in 2002 through a symposium where seven Irish and international artists worked over a three week residency. Eight site-specific sculptures were created during the symposium and they form the nucleus of the project. Artists from Ireland, Denmark, USA and the Netherlands have been commissioned to make permanent and temporary work in 2005 and 2006.
Sculpture in the Parklands is open to the public as a source of inspiration, study, recreation and education. The vision for Sculpture in the Parklands is to continue to invite Irish and international artist to create significant site specific works of art while living in the community as artists in residence.