Ireland’s largest artwork unveiled

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Mute Meadow, a seminal new artwork located on the banks of the River Foyle, will be officially unveiled on Saturday night.

Created by London based artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, the artwork celebrates the regeneration of Derry, marking its transformation from a city of conflict to a city of culture.

Mute Meadow is unlike any other artwork in Ireland, in both design and scale. Stretching out across the waterfront, the £800,000 sculpture is the largest public artwork in Ireland and is made up of 40 pairs of angled steel columns lit at the base to resemble a shimmering ‘forest of light’.

Located at Ebrington, the artwork is part of a wider redevelopment project to connect the communities living on both sides of the riverbank and create a new shared space. The illumination of Mute Meadow will take place this Saturday after a fireworks spectacular at 10.30pm.

Aideen McGinley, Ilex Chief Executive, believes that Mute Meadow heralds a bright future for the Ebrington site. “Ebrington will be a wonderful new shared space for the people of Derry~Londonderry and Mute Meadow is a fitting signifier; a dynamic project of the highest quality with the people of the city at the heart of it.”

While it will be another few months before the Mute Meadow site is landscaped and fully accessible to the public, Saturday’s official ‘switch on’ will mark an important milestone in the development of this unique public art project.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, commented: “This has been a hugely ambitious project and after years of planning it’s fantastic to see Ireland’s largest artwork finally beginning to take shape. It is a city’s culture, heritage and architecture which make it unique. Mute Meadow is a landmark art project which will help reinforce Derry~Londonderry’s image as a thriving cultural destination.”

A specially designed lighting programme was created as part of the project which converts sound data collected by the community into gently animated projections of coloured light, illuminating the columns at night.