‘Real Eyes’ sky art project aims to unite communities

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

AN innovative art project creating a massive butterfly on Old Christians GAA pitch that will be seen from the skies is aiming to highlight the strong sense of community on Limerick’s southside.

AN innovative art project creating a massive butterfly on Old Christians GAA pitch that will be seen from the skies is aiming to highlight the strong sense of community on Limerick’s southside.

Led by the Southside Community Leadership Arts and Sports Programme (CLASP) who have been engaging the communities of Southill and Weston, the spectacular art project will be unveiled on the Rathbane GAA pitch in June.

“Our goal for this year’s art project is to break the negative stigma attached to the southside by bringing the community together as one and creating a positive news story,” explained Aisling Mulhall, coordinator with the programme, which is based in the LEDP in Roxboro.

“This will be a great way to celebrate the positivity in the area,” she added.

CLASP held art workshops with local school children in the area, encouraging them to focus on positive aspects of their own neighbourhoods.

The programme worked with five national schools and many community groups and organisations to kickstart the initiative and get as many people involved as were interested.

“Through these workshops we created a logo to represent the positivity of the southside community,” explained Ms Mulhall.

The logo, an ornate multi-coloured butterfly that was selected after receiving 100 of the 481 votes cast to select it, will be recreated on the Old Christians pitch by using the local people in the community to create a sky art image, or a large scale participatory art form.

Effectively an art event which involves many people lying or sitting on the ground in an arranged pattern wearing coloured t-shirts, which, when viewed from an aerial perspective, forms an image.

This image then will be photographed and filmed from above by crane or helicopter.

“We are actively encouraging as much of the Southside community as possible to be involved in this project,” explained Aisling.

“The ethos of the project is that ‘everybody is an artist; everyone is essentially creative and everyone has something valuable to contribute to society’,” Ms Mulhall added.

The huge sky art project will be created on Friday, June 22 at 11.30am in Old Christians and all are welcome to participate.

A number of personalities are expected to turn-up on the day to lend a hand to the project.

The project is supported the LEDP, Limerick City Sports Partnership, Limerick Regeneration, FÁS and the City of Limerick VEC.

For more information see www.facebook.com/southsideclasp.