Myths and legends project get green light

Visitors to the Roe Valley will get a new insight into the borough’s many myths and legends thanks a new project local Council is to forge ahead with.

The Limavady ‘See, Explore, Do’ Arts and Sculpture Trail will create a new means of interpretation for visitors seeking to discover Limavady’s myths and legends, Director of Development Services stated in her report this month.

“Following confirmation from Northern Ireland Tourist Board that the application for a Sculpture had been successful in Stage 1. it is now been confirmed that the project has been successful in Stage 2 and as such a letter of offer has been received from Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Tourism Development Scheme to financially support the implementation of the Limavady Explore See Do Arts and Sculpture Trail at a cost of £30,000 to be match funded by Council. (Approved Development Meeting 8th November 2011.) Permission has been granted for the project to commence as soon as all the necessary paperwork is in place.

“Completion of the project must take place before 29th March 2013.”

Building upon the existing trails within the borough and focusing upon Limavady’s unique and scenic stopping places, the trail will create a series of innovative and aesthetically stunning sculpture pieces at specific sites of interest, providing a creative exploration and interpretation of our stories and tales.

The project will involve the commissioning of 5 pieces of public art as part of the plan for interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage in Limavady and the Roe Valley.

The commission will be an original and innovative artwork which will reflect contemporary practice and will respond to the specific brief provided by Limavady Borough Council.

The commission will be selected through a public advertisement which will be open for response to practitioners in the field of visual arts and sculpture.

Artists will be required to engage with local communities, as directed by and in conjunction with, council officials and in particular with the local historical society and selected schools in the area.

The five locations and myths and legends chosen are:

Feeny Picnic Site – sculpture of Lig-na-Paiste (Last Serpent in Ireland)

Largentea – Sculpture on Cushy Glen (Highwayman)

Gortmore – Sculture of Mananan, God of Sea (Broighter Gold)

Green Lane Museum, Roe Valley Country Park – Leap of the Dog

Dungiven Environmental Park – Finvola, Gem of the Roe