A new piece of sculpture has been installed at the promenade at Blackrock by Louth County Council.
The piece is called “Bradáin”. It is carved in Kilkenny limestone and is the work of artist Richard Perry, who won the commission after a public competition. Perry was inspired to create the piece after visiting Blackrock.
“I spent some time walking around Blackrock, and was very impressed by the village and its wonderful location.,” said Richard. “I liked the proximity of the village, to the sea, and the expansive views over the bay to the Cooley Mountains. The silhouette of “Bradáin” refers in a very simple and direct way to the rounded shapes of the mountains, with the salmon referring to the origins of Blackrock as a fishing village.”
“Bradáin”, in English is the result of Louth County Council utilising the Per Cent for Art Scheme, an initiative which sees one per cent of allowable capital costs of a capital project to be set aside for the creation of a piece of art.
For “Bradáin”, the Council worked closely with Blackrock Tidy Towns to ensure all aspects of the commissioning process went smoothly.
County Arts Officer, Brian Harten said this partnership approach worked very well.
“From the outset,” he said, “we wanted whatever piece of sculpture that was chosen to be widely
acceptable and, in time, loved, given that the site earmarked was right on Blackrock’s iconic
“Larry Magner and Patricia Murphy from Blackrock Tidy Towns worked alongside Paul Kelly, Housing Engineer, and myself in finding the site, and designing the brief. The approach from everybody involved was constructive and positive.
“Over forty submissions were received, and a selection panel which included Colin Fee, and
Kevin O’Dwyer, Director of Lough Boora Sculpture Park in County Offaly, reduced the field to a shortlist of three artists.
At the end of the process, Richard Perry was the winner.
“I wanted the sculpture to be place-making, robust, high-quality, tactile and accessible to all. I
am confidant that “Bradáin” will become an asset in many ways to the community of Blackrock”,
says Richard, who has sculptural work installed all over the United Kingdom, and in Jersey,
Tokyo, Slovenia, and the USA.
He thanked Louth County Council local engineer Barry Woods and his team for their work on the installation of “Bradáin”.
Cllr. Declan Breathnach said Blackrock is a community where a great effort is made to create an attractive and stimulating environment, both for those who live here, and for those who visit the village.
“This piece of sculpture is unique, and as well as being beautiful, it connects right back to the town’s heritage as a fishing village. It complements all the good work carried out by the community and the county council, and it will be enjoyed.”