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Public Art


Public Art is not one single artform, it is a principle of improving the changing environment through the arts and is a term given to the practice of involving artists in the conception, development and transformation of and for a public space.
Successful public art is work that empathises and resonates with the site, the context and its audience. It creates an opportunity for the range of people using the site to engage with the artwork, the artist and each other.

Public Art Programme 2007 - 2010:

  • 'Securus' - % for Art Scheme piece for Eaton Meadows, Leixlip Housing scheme by Tony O'Malley
  • 'Neighbours' - % for Art Scheme piece for Coarsemoor Housing Scheme, Straffan by Aileen Ann Brannigan
  • 'Italian Garden' - % for Art Scheme for Gaelic View, Kill Housing Scheme
  • 'My Butterfly Home' - a Public Art piece for Newbridge Public Art Trail, situated in the Riverbank Arts Centre by Sinead McGeeney
  • 'Transitopia' - a Public Art piece curated by Mark Durkan and Mary Jo Gilligan
  • The Roundabout project - a series of Public Art works for three roundabouts in Kildare by Greenmantle
  • 'Sphishing' - Athy Swimming Pool - % for Art Scheme, a glass piece by Michelle O'Donnell, Glasshammer 
  • 'Garden of the blue dog' - % for Art Scheme for Collogh Knock Glebe, Kildare by Declan Breen
  • 'Home' - % for Art Scheme for Ard Carraig, Cloiche Rinche by Christopher Banahan
  • 'Hidden Wonders of Kildare' - a Critical debate and Public Art project initiated by Rina Whyte and delivered by artist Rowena Keaveny
  • 'Glass Door Numbers' - % for Art Scheme, Castlefen, Sallins by Michelle O'Donnell of Glasshammer
  • 'Pause for Thought' - % for Art Scheme, Anne Street, Prosperous by Catherine E Greene
  • 'Perpetual Motion' - resurfacing and painting 2009
  • 'Handstands' - Bishopsland - % for Art Scheme by Colm Brennan
  • 'Another Season' - Clane -% for Art Scheme by Eamonn O'Doherty
  • ‘A swim, two shoals’ - Naas Swimming Pool - % for Art Scheme, a glass piece by Annabel Konig
  • ‘The Amazing Tale of the Fabulous Green Cat’ - Kilmeade - % for Art Scheme by Declan Breen
  • ‘Ass Kicking’ - Kilmeage - % for Art Scheme by Martin Heron