The Verbal Arts Centre is inviting local school pupils to enter their online competition and become part of Northern Ireland’s largest artwork.
As construction work begins at Ebrington on the Mute Meadow public art project, Verbal Arts Centre is asking pupils to explore their own creative potential to be in with a chance of winning one of a range of prizes including an iPod Touch and Nintendo DS.
Bridin Flanagan from the Verbal Arts Centre commented: “Within the next week we are going to start seeing the first pieces of the artwork arriving on site but before it can be completed we need to capture the sounds of the city. The schools competition will challenge local pupils to record their own city soundtracks, by reciting a story or a verse, or simply recording some of the noises they hear on the streets.”
The large-scale art project is unlike any other public sculpture in Ireland. Designed by artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, Mute Meadow is comprised of 80 angled steel columns, some polished, others weathered and each lit from the base. A uniquely designed lighting program will convert sound data collected from the residents of the city into gently animated beams of coloured light.
Sounds can be uploaded and re-mixed through the One Day I Planted a Seed website. The final soundtrack will then be converted into light patterns and varying colours which will be used to illuminate the artwork in the future.
Bridin explained: “How the final artwork looks in years to come will largely depend on the sounds we collect from the schools competition and the One Day I Planted a Seed website. Mute Meadow is an iconic project and the final artwork will undoubtedly be a landmark work of art which will become a positive symbol for the city for many years to come.”
Mute Meadow is funded by the North West Cultural Challenge Fund. Delivery partners include Ilex, the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, the Department of Social Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council.
There are two age categories within the competition age 7 – 11 and age 12 –15 and three different schools competitions. To find out more about how your school can get involved contact Bridin Flanagan at the Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946