A sculpture trail in a Sligo forest on the shores of Lough Gill hopes to reinvigorate perceptions of art.
In the summer of 1985 fifteen people, all members of the Sculptors' Society of Ireland, gathered at Hazelwood just outside Sligo Town. Working with wood selected from the forest, they planned to leave behind a sculpture trail consisting of fourteen solid pieces of sculpture to fit in with the environment.
A Department of Forestry workshop was used as a base and the group of sculptors were sponsored by a variety of organisations such as Sligo VEC, Sligo County Council and the Sligo County Development Team.
Two years on, just one of the fifteen sculptors remains as he puts the finishing touches to his contribution to the sculpture trail. James McKenna describes the effort and skill that has gone into his work and other pieces at Hazelwood.
Sculpture, and particularly sculpture of this scale... It will take its time, it takes its own pace really and it's rather indifferent to any other schedules, particularly financial ones.
James McKenna feels that the project is an effort to reintroduce the importance of art to the people.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 July 1987. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.