Small Creatures -Big Buildings
The project is part of a public art programme of a major urban regeneration scheme to re-vitalise eleven streets in Armagh City Centre. It is being funded by Armagh City and District Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development. Twenty-two bronze gargoyles and angels were installed in June 2010 at a range of urban locations, such as house corner stones, in brick walls, door knockers, attached to fencing, etc. The character and design of the individual pieces reflect the architecture of their setting and the history of a specific location, i.e. street names, in shape and texture. The pieces also incorporate objets trouvé, recreations of the shapes of objects found on the urban street of our times, such as coins, water bottles, car parts, boots, nuts and bolts. This will add a distinctly contemporary element to the interpretation of the theme. The work will be deliberately small and intricate in scale: these angels and gargoyles are meant to be discovered by accident and bring with them an element of surprise. The first angel was cast during a demonstration in March 2010 at Emain Macha - Navan Fort near Armagh using Iron Age metal working methods.
The Gargoyles and Angels project has been a collaboration between Armagh City and District Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development. It is manged by Cathie McKimm from CMS (Cultural Management Services).
The work was awarded Regional Finalist of the Civic Trust Awards 2012!