CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory are proud to introduce the latest addition to Cork City Council’s Placemaking Fund. “Loves me, Loves me not” was installed this week at Cornmarket Centre by Shane Sutton, acclaimed Irish Street Artist, and the European Space Agency’s Artist in Residence for the 2019 Living Planet Symposium.
The piece features an astronaut plucking daisy petals against a backdrop of the vast expanse of space. As humanity started to venture out beyond our Earthly constraints in mid-20th century, we started seeing a whole new perspective of our beautiful blue planet. The inspirational power of these images for artists has been profound.
Commissioned by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, it is funded through Cork City Council’s new City Centre Placemaking Fund. In February 2019, Cork City Council issued an open call for submissions which would “enhance, improve, and enliven people's experience of Cork city centre" through this fund and ten projects were successful. It follows on from the stunning kingfisher mural which was unveiled at the entrance to Paul Street car park in May.
The project is a collaboration with The Walls Project, who have an impressive track record of rejuvenating underappreciated urban spaces with incredible artworks. They showcase the very best of Irish and International artistic talent.
As well as serving as a source of beauty and inspiration for the people of Cork, the team at The Observatory will use the new mural as an anchor for City Centre outreach activities, including as a stop on a new walking trail, “The Moon Walk” that chronicles the events of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, using Cork City landmarks as milestones. The walk was launched earlier today as NASA Astronaut Dan Tani paid a visit to The Observatory.
For more information see : https://www.bco.ie/events/cork-moon-walk/.