Title: Kindred Spirits
Artist: Alex Pentek
Associated professionals, specialists involved: Construct Engineering, Crowley Engineering, Ross McCarthy Electrical, Light Plan Lighting & Design, Tadgh Keane Construction, Eddy Kirwin Transport.
Commisioner: Midelton Town Council
Location: Bailick Park, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Kindred Spirits was selected by open competition for Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. The work responds to the history of the Choctaw Nation’s help to Ireland during the famine in 1847, when they sent $170 to help to feed the Irish starving men women and children. This act of kindness was made even more significant by the fact that 16 years earlier the Choctaw were forced from their native land by the American government in what is now known as the trail of tears.
Pentek created an empty bowl, symbolic of the Great Irish Famine from the seemingly fragile and rounded shaped eagle feathers (nine 6 meter tall in stainless steel). The feathers used in Choctaw ceremonial dress, communicate the tenderness and warmth of the Choctaw Nation, who provided food to the hungry, when they themselves were still recovering from their own tragic recent past.
The sculpture, with over 20,000 welds, was then given a hand tool brush finish which took nearly a year to complete. LED lighting allows the work to come alive at night.