"Let the Dance Begin" by Maurice Harron
Owner: Strabane District Council
Location: Lifford Road, Strabane
Title: ‘Let the Dance Begin’ 2000
Artist: Maurice Harron
Material: Stainless Steel and Bronze ceramic tile mosaic
Size: 5 figures each 4 metres high
Funded by: ACNI; Strabane District Council; Sustrans; Ulster Wildlife Trust
Background: 5 semi-abstract figures on the theme of music and dance make up one of the largest pieces of public art in Ireland. Figures represent a Fiddler, Flautist, Drummer and 2 Dancers.
Artists Details: Maurice Harron was born in 1946 and grew up in Derry. He studied sculpture at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast. He has created a number of works in Northern Ireland and in Donegal. Two of his most acclaimed commissions are ‘Reconcilition’ / ‘Hands Across the Divide’ in Carlisle Sq, Derry and the ‘Gaelic Chieftan,’ arguably his most experimental and impressive piece sited in the Curlew Mountains, Roscommon.