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'Celebration.' A public work Creggan Estate, Derry, Ireland.
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Across the Divide. a large scale public work, sited Derry Ireland.
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The Linen Workers. Lurgan a center of linen manufacture Ireland
Public art: art works that are permanently on public display.
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.
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.