"No plans" for €63,000 artwork

"No plans" for €63,000 artwork
Sue Dohertysue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

A public art sculpture, which cost €63,000 is currently in storage and there are no plans to reinstate it, the Democrat can reveal.

"Between the known and Unknown", commonly referred to as "The Hawthorn Tree", was created by artists Elizabeth Caffrey and Sean Campbell.

The bronze and stainless steel work was commissioned by Donegal County Council and the NRA under the Per Cent for Arts Scheme when the N15 Ballyshannon Bundoran Bypass was built.

It was installed in 2006 at Rathmore, on a hill overlooking the bypass.

Local councillors were critical of the sculpture's location, saying it was inaccessible and very difficult to notice. There were ongoing talks about moving it to a more central location.

In September 2013, gardaí were alerted that someone had removed many of the branches on the sculpture.

The PSNI in Kesh subsequently arrested a man and recovered the sculpture. land, careless driving and theft.

Eileen Burgess of DCC Cultural Services told the Democrat that the sculpture was “severely damaged” which “raised both public safety and security concerns”. The sculpture is in storage “for safekeeping” and there are no immediate plans reinstate it,” Ms Burgess added.