The bronze artwork of artists Mark Ryan & Maree Hensey rolled into position in Coleraine town centre this morning.
The bronze sphere and castings were installed in two planters outside the First Trust Bank as part of the PEACE IV ‘Shaping Our Place’ project.
The artwork ‘represents the character of Coleraine acting as a key focal point and was 100% funded from the Peace IV programme.
A spokesperson for the project said “The surface texture and imagery on the bronze sphere invites the viewer to explore, feel, investigate and discover reflecting the theme. In every nook and cranny there’s something special to see. The imagery is bespoke and relevant to the communities of Coleraine. Imagery and symbols represent:
- Ferns – the fern is an ancient plant, millions of years old. Symbolism around plant life, representing multiple strands of life and times, the unfurling of the fern as it stretches towards the sun
- Weaving– the flow of fibres – of people, time, interests, industry (from manufacturing in older days to the new world of the digital economy) – to create a fabric for the benefit of all of Coleraine’s inhabitants, now and in the future. The message could include the idea that we are a woven people through place and time and nay also link to the twinning of towns.
- Trees/branches – growth, environment, beauty, connectedness, roots, changing/evolving.
- Bridges-bridging places, people, and time (past, present, future). Reaching out to lands and relationships.
- Ropes-(binding, holding things together, overlapping to provide strength, shape and support).
In the planter adjacent sees the scattering of bronze elements.
A spokesperson continued “The scattering of these bronze elements is deliberately an unfinished piece of art. It demands the viewer to assemble the components using their own imagination to create the connections. This symbolizes leaving it up to future generations to add their story to the strands of the weave, and so pass it on through the generations. The meaning, symbolism and sense of belonging are evident in the artwork. Viewers will experience the senses of interconnectedness, growth, beauty, pride and a long heritage.
Traditions will be established as communities connect with the bronze castings as a symbol of good luck, of times passing and dates of significance for the community and visitors to Coleraine.”