Petition to save sculpture

An online petition has been started in a bid to save the sculpture by Louise Walsh celebrating the shirt factory women of Derry. (0705CD01)
An online petition has been started in a bid to save the sculpture by Louise Walsh celebrating the shirt factory women of Derry. (0705CD01)
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An online petition has been started in an effort to save the public art piece created to celebrate the shirt factory workers of Derry.

It comes after the original site chosen for the piece by sculptor Louise Walsh wasn’t given planning permission, and a new site has failed to emerge.

Last month a DSD spokesperson said efforts were made to find a suitable alternative site for the sculpture.

“A number of options were explored, including sites at or adjacent to the location of former shirt factories, but the artist felt that a site behind the Guildhall was the only option which was prominent and prestigious enough to meet the purpose of paying tribute to the factory workers,” they said.

There has been no movement and the petition states, ‘this iconic sculpture is the missing link for every family in the city to the culture we are celebrating this year and it needs to be here in pride of place, not lying ignored in an engineering yard.’

It continues: ‘It was completed six years ago with collaboration from the women who were workers in the factories.

“It was to be put up at Harbour Square behind the Guildhall.

“The last six years has seen nothing but red tape from the DSD causing delays in getting the art piece constructed.

“We are calling on the DSD to rescue our sculpture, commissioned by the DSD to celebrate the Derry/Londonderry women shirt factory workers’ skills and contribution to the identity of this city.’

A number of signatures have already been recorded with one comment stating why they were supporting the call to get the situation sorted.

It says, “Women workers in the shirt factories, an industry as important to the social and economic life of the city, should be remembered, and celebrated through a public sculpture.

It would be particularly appropriate in this year 2013 when Derry is UK City of Culture.”

Last month the artist Louise Walsh said: “I can see no end to this.

“I can’t do anything, I feel I’ve done my best.

“I’m committed to the shirt factory women, think they are amazing but I don’t see the will.”