Recently sited Per Cent for Art Work - Kindred Spirits

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.

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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.

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