As part of Waterford City & County Council’s programme to redevelop the landscaping on the roundabouts on the N25 Dungarvan Bypass. The Council’s Environment Department in partnership with the Arts Office is pleased to announce the result of their call out to artists to submit proposals.
The commission for the buoy at the Cork Road/Youghal road roundabout has been awarded to Dan Leo, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Co. Kilkenny with a maritime inspired piece titled ‘The Undercurrent’. His works span a variety of mediums, from digital illustration to large scale mural work but he is better known for his brushwork on canvas. Dan has a graphic style born from a steady consumption of obscure cultures, cartoons, music and street level art movements. His work most often depicts nature and animals in a style that has heavy line work, pattern elements and is bold in colour. Dan's work has helped him travel and paint across Europe and the USA, he has many significant corporate clients and the Kingfisher piece with Waterford Walls is one of his works locally. Arts Officer, Margaret Organ said that they were pleased to have someone of Dan’s calibre to lead off on this project.
Owing to the high quality of submissions received, two further commissions have been awarded to the artist Brigid Shelly from Ardmore for the buoy beside the Cathy Barry boat on the Cork Road with a Seagull inspired piece. Shona Shirley Macdonald, An Rinn will also be working on a buoy, details of which will be released in the Spring.
Raymond Moloney, SEO Environment Department thanked all the artists who submitted work and said that they planned in 2017 to advertise for submissions for the painting of some more of the remaining buoys in the vicinity. In the meantime, work on the above commissions will take place over the coming months.