The award-winning artist behind Derry’s famous ‘Hands Across the Divide’ statue at Craigavon Bridge is locating his latest creation in Creggan.
Maurice Harron’s new work, ‘Celebrate’ – which features five children dancing - will be situated in the Pat Mulkeen Garden at the entrance to the Ráth Mór Centre.
The sculpture was funded by the Culture Company under its Individual Artists Programme.
The installation was carried out by Creggan Enterprises and local volunteers over recent weeks and the sculpture will be officially launched with a mini-festival later in the spring.
Conal McFeely, Creggan Enterprises Development Executive, said he was thrilled that Maurice Harron had agreed to place the sculpture at the entrance to Ráth Mór.
“We see this sculpture as a celebration of, and tribute to, the young people of the area and the city,” he said.
“Maurice has captured the energy, vitality, creativity and sense of fun so evident in this city in recent years. We would like to thank him, the Culture Company and DCAL for bringing this excellent piece of work to Creggan.
“We would also pay tribute to the local volunteers who built the plinth, installed the sculpture and illuminated it for night viewing, in the spirit of self-help which is synonymous with Creggan Enterprises.
“We’d also like to thank Marty Melarkey, of Culture Company, for facilitating the installation of the statue.”