Members of the Irish Wheelchair Association Community Centre, in February, launched their glass pavers artwork installed at the Clonakilty biodiversity park.
The group worked on the artwork over a ten-week period with facilitator and glass maker Michael Ray. Themed ‘Joy in Nature’, the project opened up the discussion with the members of IWA on what brought them peace and joy when outdoors. Several different ideas were brought to the table, with each member deciding on how they wanted their thoughts to be portrayed on their individual piece. For some, there was a strong connection to nature through fishing and bird watching, for others it was their love of the land through farming or poetry. Words were chosen and in some pieces Yeats poetry is quoted. After the words and images were fused together to make colourful cast glass pavers, the pieces were then inserted into the walkway at the Biodiversity Park seating area and will be there for years to come.
There was a great gathering at the launch in February including the presence of Clonakilty Mayor, Paddy McCarthy. A special thank you to Diarmuid and Mike Deasy of Clonakilty Tidy Towns who were incredibly helpful when it came to the installing of the pieces.
This project was kindly supported by Cork County Council and worked on in partnership with Clonakilty Tidy Towns who went above and beyond to make sure this project was a success.