Herakles and the Stympalian Birds
|Artist Name(s)||John Kindness|
|Artwork title||Herakles and the Stympalian Birds|
|Context/Background||The vision for this public art project funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme was to commission a permanent artwork which responded to the nature and complexity of the Source Arts Centre building in North Tipperary, its functions, respected architecture, and to use materials which would complement the overall architectural feel of the building. The Source Arts Centre represents a milestone in the development of integrated library, arts and cultural facilities in North Tipperary and won three major architectural awards in 2006. The architecture of The Source is a stunning, highly contemporary addition to the built fabric of Thurles town and North Tipperary.|
Herakles and the Stympalian Birds is an internal, wall mounted artwork presented in two parts. The main work is located in The Source Arts Centre library, and explores methods of writing up to the 20th Century. The second postscript piece of the work is located in the centre foyer, relating to 21st century communication methods such as texting and e-mail. It uses extracts from a locally relevant text by Thurles born writer Dennis O'Driscoll; the phone texts are extracts from the King James Bible translated into 'textspeak'.
The following are comments on the work by the artist, John Kindness, October 2009:
|Commissioner Name||The Source Arts Centre and County Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee|
|Commissioning process||Limited curated competition|
|Project commission dates||April 30, 2008 - August 31, 2008|
|Public Presentation dates||November 16, 2009 - January 1, 1970|
|Funded By||North Tipperary County Council,Other|
|Percent for art||Yes|
|Budget Range||35000 - 70000 euro|
|Project commission start date||30/04/2008|
|Project commission end date||31/08/2008|
|Location||The Source Arts Centre and Library, Thurles, Co. Tipperary|
|Street Address||Cathedral Street|
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|Content contributor(s)||Melanie Scott - Arts Officer|
|Relationship to project||Representative of Commissioners|
|Associated professionals / Specialists involved||
Selection panel for the curated selection of artists.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.