I didn’t know what to expect about the 1916 workshop and public consultation. I rang round the arts people plus a few others and still was as bemused as ever.
Ergo I went into some trouble to research what they did for the 50th. When in general the tended to put statues of guys in the uniform of the rebels. I sorta decided that this wasn’t a runner and thought the Proclamation itself in bronze might be a goer. We can nowadays slice bronze like butter and a gigantic so the lettering pierced through 10 inches of metal orientated to face the rising sun on the morn of 24 April 1916 might be apt, with smaller versions in all the towns and villages of the county. But the initial fund was €30,000.
Aaaaaany-woo. I’m not really that fond of municipal sculpture. I think it’s sad to see canons set on cement pointing blind, at nothing. And the martial, either on horseback or alone mit rifle/sword is just a traffic hazard, IMO.
So, I said the best bet for the money was something I saw on the telly from the USA. Why not have a re-enactment, at least as far as one could. People dressing up in the garb of the early 20th century and then having a darn good street party. Either in each and every village, or one massive one with food and fun fair and sports day for the kids.
They are to get back to us, so updates when they do. I’m not holding my wind quite frankly.