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Detail of a stainless steel sculpture, children dancing.
'Celebration.' A public work Creggan Estate, Derry, Ireland.
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Two bronze male figure amost touch hands across an unspanable divide
Across the Divide. a large scale public work, sited Derry Ireland.
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A large steel sculpture of two linen workers stretching out sheets of linen to dry.
The Linen Workers. Lurgan a center of linen manufacture Ireland

Public Art.


Public art: art works that are permanently on public display. A  close up of the Fiddler from the Tinneys Strabane. A public work by Maurice Harron.
Works of public art are accessible in a public space, it does not include artwork on display inside museums. Public art may include sculptures, statues, monuments, memorials, murals and mosaics, public art may also include performance art which occupies a public space for the duration of the performance.

Public art works by Maurice Harron have been commissioned by various private and public bodies and funded by The Per Cent for Art scheme where by 1% of any government capital building or infrastructure development can be allocated to the commissioning of a work of art. 'The Workers', a monument made from stainless steel and stone at The Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny is part of the 1% scheme. The work commemorates a generation of men who worked on building the original bridge and train track at the Dry Arch.

About his public works Harron told the Irish Independent.
"I'm not trying to be clever with people, I am putting up a universal symbol that's very clear. You have to respect people. It is presumptuous to put up an art work in a public zone. Thousands of people drive past my work every day, and the last thing on their minds is art." The impact of his public work is to have; is as a 'slow release', he offered.

'Celebration. a stainless steel sculpture a detail of a boy and girl playing together> 'Celebration. a detail of two children playing together a younger girl and an older boy 'Celebration. a stainless steel sculpture instalation of four children playing together The Apple Growers. Portadown. Three stainless steel figures erected on this Greenfield area depict the apple industry in the Armagh, they are surrrounded by maoving traffic. The Apple Growers. Portadown. The three stainless steel figures are holding a portion of a large sphere to represent apple growing, they shine brightly in the summer sun The Apple Growers. Portadown. A night scene the figures a enveloped in red and blue lights. The Apple Growers. Portadown. Close up of of the young woman ba night bathed in light The Linen Bleachers. A man and woman stretch out a sheet in their out stretched arms. tHe figures are made of stainless steel and reflect the rays of the summer sun. The Linen Bleachers are vied from the side and it is night the figures are lit by a blue lighr in contrast the lineb that they are holding is illuminated by bright white lights. a view of underneath the linen sheet, one can see that the sheet is made from messages of hope for the future from local groups and children stretched out for all to see by The Linen Bleachers. The Linen Bleachers in a night scene you can clearly see the lights on the ground shining up through the linen and illuminating the huge plinths that the two figures stand on. The Linen Bleachers on a normal morning buses pass a van tries to park and there is a light rain, drizzel. The Tinneys are under a beautiful sunset it really looks like they are about to let the dance begin. A black and white close up of the lead dancer from The Tinneys, he looks in control.  The Fiddler is from The Tinneys he is portrayed from above the waist, he is holding the fiddle in one hand and a bow in the other hearing music his head tilted to the left. The Tinneys are in a snow scene the dancers are in the foreground of this black and white image the contrast makes the snow deep and all the lines of steel that make up the figures are crisp and even. Hands across the Divide two male bronze figures face each other across a divide, it is a summers day. Hands across the Divide the male figures are high above the ground the separate ramps suggest that they have traveled different paths only to face each other and never quite meet Hands across the Divide, the two men in the sculpture at certain angles look as though they could be shaking Hands. Hands across the Divide. the two bronze men stand very straight and try to reach each other but they do not lean forward, the sun is bright and the sky is very blue their arms try to make a bridge over a near by church Hands across the Divide, a close up of the hands of the two bronze figures hands almost touching. The Leap of The Dog a stailes steel sculpture of a dog leaping accros the river Roe, a faithful dog leap across the Roe to deliver a message according to legend.

The Large Sculpture Commissions.

Works that are commissioned are usually circumscribed by one main caveat; the place where art is to be placed or installed. A factor that will determine the size of the finished work and more or less the materials that will be used to make the final piece. The vital decision of site location is also the most important in the success of a commission. Public art above all needs the prime location to engage with the public, it follows as a consequence of this stipulation will surely be inspiration for the work of the artist.

The large public sculptures of Maurice Harron are sculpture about stories and legends through the sculptures he acknowledges the written and the oral traditions that are still a living force in communities no matter how small their groupings. Moves by an artist and commissioners to engage with community groups and people who have relationships with a particular place highlight how much their experiences are valued. The sublimation that a work of art brings can reignite a vision of a neighbourhood and it is even possible for art to encapsulate the essence of the past, most of all sculpture will bring focus to a area and increase the esteem of the community.

The public art of Maurice Harron is sited predominantly in Ireland. There are Druids and Scholars on sides of a motorway, in town centers sculptures gather at places to evoke unforgotten histories. Towns and cities are alive with fairy tales and dancing childern. In the country side there are sculpture trails with huge snakes and murderous villans; a forest park has its own four storey dream house. Elsewhere Maurice's sculpture have become part of a place, the sculptures create active spaces that raise questions and fire debate about how we should live today and make all of our futures.

Gaelic Chieftain, a saddledvfigure on his horse the over looks the Curlew Pass. Gaelic Chieftain the rider and the horse both look forward he has one hand on the reigns the other is on his sword.  The Sun is raising and the Gaelic Chieftain his steed are formidable and rust red on the the mountain pass. Gaelic Chieftain is fully focused hes is well armed and ready for battle  this work is brutal, the steel is wrought to emphasise strength and power the Chieftain is fearless.  Along the N52 Standing at the northern end of the Tullamore By Pass are four prominent 25 foot steel sculptures Saints and Scholars. A stainless steel figure holding up a chalace his robes are coverd in spirals and sun motifs this is one of the Saints and Scholars in the background the sky is filled with dark clouds.  A Saints and Scholars steel figure dressed in robes wiih maze motif, he is holding  astaff  and his right had is raised in a blessing. A figure is standing beneath a blue sky his arms are raised releases a flock of birds his robes a coverd in swirling wave patterns this is one of the Saints and Scholars. The sky is heavy with dark clouds one of the Saints and Scholars raises to the sky a large book honoring the nearby Clomacnoise an ancient place of learning.  The Tower of Imagination is a magic house a house from a fairy talle the celebrate the imagination of children.  The Tower of Imagination is filled with stories, heroes, family members and magical creatures, both frightening and hopeful. Aslan the Lion welcomes visitors to the Narnia, he is constructed of steel and copper Maugrim emerges fom the trees his fur i smade of jagged steel the eyes are red and blood is between the jaws of the giant wolf. Mr Tumnus is a bronze Pan like figure half goat half man he is a favourite figure from Narnia.  Mr and Mrs Beaver are bronze figures they are dancing among the trees with each other. The figure is shrouded in silver and red ice crystals she is the most evil character in Narnia Jadis the White Witch she is over seven fet tallpearcing blue eyes a pure silver fiwoman dressed i a sasilver and red dress.  A group  of children enjoying the sculptures at night from the Cronicles of Narnia at CS lewis Square Belfast.  Aslan the Lion seen from the side the massive mane is a feature of the Narnia hero. the second incarnnation of Jadis the White Which the figre is completly silver surrounded by a Narnia a silver aura and holding a wand.  A Close up of the Chief of the Secret police the Wolf Maugrim he is very threatening.