A sculptural seat, sited at entrance to Tesco, Ballymoney. For this commission I worked with 400 children in 20 local schools.
The theme: Neolithic people & the environment: The flora, fauna, tools, pottery, diet, farming and lifestyle.
The process: Each school chose one aspect of Neolithic life and created small ceramic tiles which i inserted into the seat alongside high fired mosaic tile and 50+ small bronze castings.
Background: During the preparatory works on the proposed site for the new Tesco store some interesting ‘finds’ were unearthed. The Department for the Environment for Northern Ireland were then contacted and their excavation team found a lot of evidence of an early settlement on the site, including axe heads.
The archaeological dig stalled the building process for some time and only after a full investigation and mapping the area, building work resumed. Today the carpark area of the store is treated with a surface which can at a later stage be removed for further investigation work.
In general, the Ballymoney area is known to be rich in evidence of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze age settlements along the Bann river with the infamous Moutsandel site only a few miles down river in Coleraine.
Materials: Concrete, ceramic, bronze, mosaic.
Scale: 12.5 metres in length x 1.5metres high.
Completed April 2005.