Derry is to get a new iconic public artwork with a difference.
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín announced details of the plan last night at an event to promote the Lumiere light festival which opens in Derry next month.
The Minister has set aside funding for an illuminated sign on top of the Rosemount Factory.
She said: ““As we enter the finale of the City of Culture’s 2013 programme, there are still many reasons for people to make the trip over the Glenshane to Derry.
“Perhaps one of the brightest and largest visual events, Lumiere, is scheduled to light up the city from November 28 to December 1. Over four days, local and international artists, community groups and lighting designers will illuminate the city’s walls, buildings and streets.
“In many ways, Lumiere can be seen as a beacon for all those who have not yet made the journey to Derry. It promises to be a visual feast and I hope may open some eyes and shine a light on this wonderful city, its vibrancy and enthusiasm.”
Minister Ní Chuilín said it was crucial that the work done in 2013 continued to be built on “to leave an ongoing momentum of change and progress.”
“I am delighted to be able to announce that I have set aside funding for a very special project which will retain some of the Lumiere magic in Rosemount. Subject to the necessary planning approvals, the project would see an illuminated sign located in the heart of the community, on top of the Rosemount Factory.
“The sign will celebrate the cultural identity of the community, embodying the new cultural strategy for the Outer West area. Its location has been deliberately selected to shift the focus of cultural provision from the city centre to the communities surrounding it.
“Artichoke, the organisers of Lumiere, has been working with groups involving them in the production of some of the light installations for the main events. I want to recognise the contribution of the community and voluntary sector in delivering the social benefits as part of the City of Culture and my focus will be to ensure that these benefits are continued to be delivered in the future.”
Following two successful Lumiere festivals in Durham, England, producers Artichoke have been invited to bring Lumiere to Derry by the Culture Company, bringing an incredible year of arts and culture in the city to a close with a four day celebration of light.
The festival is expected to be a popular family event with artworks sprawling right across the city in a sprinkle of winter magic.
For more information, visit www.lumiere-festival.com/derry-londonderry/