Urban ‘island city’ sculpture trail to be installed in Cork

Urban ‘island city’ sculpture trail to be installed in Cork

Cork City Island announced the launching of a new, urban sculpture trail this year. Set to be adorned with five awe-inspiring artworks across the city centre. This initiative is sure to captivate and enchant visitors of all ages!

Details of the project

Fáilte Ireland's Urban Animation Scheme is financing the Cork City Council project. It includes the commissioning of remarkable pieces of art to be installed in multiple places throughout the city. The artwork will remain on display for a period of five years, forming an exciting route through the streets.

The sculptures as a whole will provide a unique experience whether it be in the daylight or nighttime. It will be highlighting Cork's attractiveness to tourists. Apart from creating an exciting atmosphere, this will further emphasize the city's reputation as a desired visitor destination.

Last year, Cork's National Sculpture Factory teamed up with the local council to provide five sculptures. Four sculptures are commissioned and the project is progressing well.

Urban Mirror Plattenbaustudio plans to use Coal Quay's colourful exteriors and cosy size as the basis for their project.

Cork City Council has ambitious plans for Cornmarket St, conceptualizing it as an "open-air room without a roof" with a unique table pattern & an oversized 'pin' shining a bright light. This initiative will create a truly remarkable ambience for the urban city space.

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Founded in 2018, Plattenbaustudio is an architecture studio based out of Berlin and run by Jonathan Janssens & Jennifer O'Donnell - both talented Irish architects.

Niamh McCann, a leading contemporary Irish artist, is creating an impressive suspended sculptural piece on Carey's Lane. This installation will incorporate elements of the architecture, topography and even incidental details along the length of the lane.

Internationally-acclaimed artist Fiona Mulholland will be crafting large-scale sculptural reliefs for Exchange Building on Princes St., titled 'Face Cup'. The work is inspired by Bronze Age relics from 1800BC discovered in Cork.

Forerunner, a collaborative art team, is planning to introduce a contemporary element to the landscape of Cook Street through Boom Nouveau. It consists of various sculptures resembling natural forms and based on tangible urban street features.

Panel consists of

An expert panel of curators, artists and representatives from Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council carefully selected the commissions.

  • Eva Rothschild and Dr Linzi Stauvers from Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Natalie Weadick - Former Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation.

We will soon be launching an open competition for the fifth artwork to join the art trail - a lighting projection. Keep an eye out for announcement details in the following months!

Cllr Deirdre Forde, Lord Mayor of Cork, underlined the importance that the city attaches to art in its public spaces through this project.