New seaside Public Art enhances Newcastle’s family appeal
Last week Newry, Mourne and Down District Council was proud to present the recently installed artwork on Newcastle Promenade. Incorporating a seaside theme, the adventurous trail consists of artworks that are based on everyday natural forms that originate from the local sea shore such as a shell, starfish, jellyfish and crab claw.
The shell sculpture takes a familiar form of a shell, created with the outlines and patterns of the sea within the shell. The jellyfish sculpture is based on the barrel jellyfish found in local waters. The crab claw and starfish are also artistic interpretations of what can be found on local beaches and aims to encourage one to look closer at what is underfoot appreciating its intrinsic beauty.
The interactive trail adds an exciting experience to the existing seafront public art features and award winning Promenade enhancements. Locals, visitors and families can add ‘something different’ to their enjoyment in the seaside town by uncovering the word hidden within the four pieces of artwork.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Naomi Bailie said, “I would like to compliment local artist Alan Burke, for designing, implementing and installing the wonderful art work. It is great to add such vibrant and unique artwork to the Promenade, setting the scene for the beautiful surroundings.”
“I am delighted the four new pieces of public art will be of particular interest to young people, hopefully inspiring them to interact with the artwork, revealing the hidden word within the sculptures.”
The project was funded by the Department for Social Development, through the Newcastle Revitalisation Programme, supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.Back