Brandywell artwork immortalises local sports heroes
Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2014
Local sporting legends have been artistically immortalised as part of an exciting reimaging project in the Brandywell area.
Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) programme in conjunction with the Housing Executive and TRIAX Neighbourhood Management Team, the visual arts initiative on the Lecky Road has seen a previously graffiti covered wall transformed into a bespoke artwork featuring numerous renowned sports stars from the Brandywell, many of whom secured All-Ireland, Olympic, Commonwealth and even World titles.
The extensive work is the result of over six months work by local artists Paddy Nelis and Gareth Doherty and also captures a number of nearby landmarks including St.Columb’s College and St.Columba’s Church Long Tower.
Colm Barton from the TRIAX Neighbourhood Management Team said: "This reimaging project has, first and foremost, enhanced the physical appearance of the area but it has gone well beyond that by capturing the imagination and interest of the local residents.
"The involvement and support of the bric Programme and the Housing Executive have been invaluable in making this scheme possible. Through it we have been able to create something that will serve as a reminder of the huge input local people have had on the world of sport as well as improving the immediate look of the thoroughfare."
Eddie Breslin, our Community Cohesion Advisor, said: "This project has been a major talking point over the last couple of months and has really captured the interest and attention of so many. People are already asking when the next one will be and Housing Executive will be lending our support to make it a reality. I would encourage everyone to come and see what will undoubtedly be a legacy piece of art in the city.
"We are pleased to be associated with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life."