A stunning new statue project for the People’s Park has been completed and officially opened.
The sculpture is the work of Japanese artist and sculptor, Shiro Masuyama and is the realisation of extensive community engagement through artist-led workshops.
The project is based around the symbolism of the apple, from William Tell to Newton, Adam & Eve and The Beatles record label and the work signifies working together, trust, growth and peace building.
Unveiling the sculpture and planting a symbolic apple tree in People’s Park, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Billy Ashe said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are delighted to have these wonderful sculptures as part of our growing collection of Public Art in the Borough. The Re-Imaging Programme has offered many local groups the opportunity to work with professional Artists and to take pride in their community.”
The project was led by the Dunclug Partnership and supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with regeneration and peace building being their priority.
For this particular project they wanted to create a public artwork of excellence, which captured the imagination and future ambitions of the community, rather than focusing on the past. After several months of detailed consultation with a range of groups it was determined that Five Apples should be a symbolic legacy of the journey undertaken by the residents located in people’s park as it is perceived by all communities a shared space.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “The Building Peace Through the Arts programme has ensured arts and creativity are used to bring communities together. The have worked hard on their journey to build a strong peaceful area which celebrates diversity. As we unveil the vibrant artwork Five Apples, it is fitting that we celebrate the contribution all have made to peace building in this community and that, through this project we ensure this positive legacy is on-going.”
Artist Shiro Masuyama, said: “Five Apples was designed to reflect themes such as community, trust and the future, it is also designed to be a symbol of aspiration for continued peace within the community. The courage and efforts of so many during this artist led creative Building Peace through the Arts project has helped create a lasting legacy for generations.”