Garden of Expression to open in Dunmanway

Dunmanway Community Council hopes to officially open a new community garden adjacent to the popular lakeside garden at the west side of the town in early August.

This life size piece by West Cork Sculptor, Nigel Connell Bass is modelled on his own dog, mainly constructed from rusty old horseshoes and some JCB chains, weighing in at a hefty 25kg. This piece was originally treated with a linseed based oil and has developed a lovely patina over time.

Work commenced at the end of June to clear the site of the former Vocational School on Chapel Street, Dunmanway to transform it into a ‘Garden of Expression’.

Sarah Cahalane of Dunmanway Community Council said, “At the end of May, we had a group discussion about how we could put this site to better use. We put a proposal to Cork County Council to develop the site as a new amenity for the community and tourism. In a very short time the idea grew from proposal to site clearing and, within a few weeks, we hope to open this garden to the public. This new garden will be adjacent to the popular lakeside garden and will further enhance the west side area of the town.”

Maura O Connell of West Cork Casting Studio with a piece she created entitled ‘Human Nature’. Maura said “I’m thrilled to have my art included in this new Sculpture Garden, which is showcasing the amazing talent and level of creativity of the artists that gravitate to West Cork.”

The new space will include an interactive and interpretative sculpture garden for everyone to enjoy. The garden will also promote biodiversity with a giant bug hotel built by local man Charlie Horgan and a wild flower garden that will attract bees and butterflies. A number of local sculptures have also come on board with this project including Finn Kearney, Veronica Twomey Burke, Nathan Solomen, Maura O’Connell and Nigel Connell Bass. A piece created by French sculptor George’s OUDOT has been donated by the Quèven community, who have strong links with Dunmanway Twinning Association and the family of the late James McCarthy, Dunmanway have generously donated one of James’ pieces for display in this new garden. 

WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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