€80,000 to be spent on art piece for Fermoy
Town councillors were told by Arts Officer, Ian McDonagh at last Tuesday night's town council meeting that they are to get their thinking caps on and come up with suggestions for 'a piece of original art' that is being supplied to the town as part of the flood relief scheme.
The Office of Public Works has ring fenced €80,000 for the art which in many instances is a sculpture, but could be any form of art. All the councillors were in agreement that the public needed to be brought on board and their views sought. Cllr Michael Hanley said it was vital that an extensive public consultation take place, a view echoed by councillors Tadhg O'Donovan and Seamus Coleman. Cllr Pa O'Driscoll said the art should be accessible to all.
The imminent abolition of Fermoy Town Council has the potential to complicate matters and on past experience it could be difficult to get a consensus. For now, the priority is to get the public involved and generate debate on what sort of artistic legacy should be left in the wake of the town's multi million euro flood relief project.
Thursday 20th March 6:00pm