A new public art commission will be launched at Castlebar’s pool and leisure complex on Wednesday, October 30 next.
Located at the rear of the swimming pool building on the shores of Lough Lannagh, the artwork is called amphitheatre for introverts (and others) and is the latest in a number of public art commissions by by writer and visual artist Alice Lyons.
Mayo County Council advertised an open call for proposals for a site-specific artwork that responded to and considered the new Castlebar pool and complex, its local residents and visitors.
Alice explained the concept of her proposal:
“My vision was to create a quiet yet significant intervention in the landscape, one that could hold a poem and a civic space that was in keeping with the overall atmosphere of tranquility of the place.”
The amphitheatre’s terraces are made of Kilkenny limestone and the lines from one of Alice’s poems have been sandblasted onto them.
Designed as a public space for quiet, lakeside contemplation that compliments the high-energy physical activity that will take place inside the new pool complex, the artwork may also be used as a space for performances, gigs and readings by the local community.
It will be officially launched by Cllr Michael Kilcoyne, Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District on Wednesday, October 30 at 11am. There will also be music and a reading by Alice herself.
Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
A programme of events has been co-ordinated to co-incide with the launch and will run throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and 30.
On Tuesday a family workshop: “Drawing from Nature” with artist Cas McCarthy will take place from 11.30am – 12.30pm. (Suitable for 3 – 12 years.)
At 2pm the afternoon Alice Lyons will host a workshop entitled “Focusing on the Creative Process” for creative professionals.
The following day there will be a morning meditation with Derval Dunford at 10am followed by an afternoon drawing session for adults with artists Alice Lyons and Hazel Walker from 12.30 -1.30pm.
Booking is required for all events. For further details contact Mayo Arts Service on 094-9064376.