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Share Your Wish For The Future

01 April 2015

A miniature version of the ‘Wishing Tree’ - members of the public can share a message for the tree at https://www.research.net/s/L6CW8ZN


Would you like to leave a lasting mark in the new V36 shared space at the Valley Park?

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are offering a unique opportunity for members of the public to get involved and contribute to a piece of public art that will be located in the new park in Newtownabbey.


The ‘Wishing Tree’, which is being designed and created by artist Maurice Harron, will stand four metres high at its location in the new Civic Linear Park. The tree will be constructed of stainless steel and will incorporate hundreds of ‘leaves’ which will be welded on to the branches, trunk and the surrounding visible roots. It will include 200 to 300 wishes, hopes, or aspirations for the future, which will be scanned and laser-cut onto the surfaces of the ‘leaves’.

The tree is intended to symbolise the ‘hopes and aspirations’ of the community and part of the artist’s original design was to allow for members of the public to have their own personal hope or aspiration captured in time, as a legacy for future generations. The tree will be completed and on permanent display when the park opens in July this year.

The public art, commissioned for the new shared space, is included in the overall £3.58 million EU PEACE III funded project, and match-funding has been provided by the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in Ireland.

If you would like to have a lasting message of hope and aspiration considered for ‘The Wishing Tree’ please visit the following link: https://www.research.net/s/L6CW8ZN