The Millennium Sculpture Let The Dance Begin
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To mark the new millennium Strabane District Council in conjunction with the Strabane Lifford Development Commission, The Arts Council of NI, Sustrans and The Ulster Wildlife Trust, initiated a unique cross-border scheme to represent a new and shared beginning for the community. The initiative -a key element of the Council’s policy of developing cross-border links through partnership and of making a positive contribution to reconciliation, community regeneration and a shared cultural vision is represented in the form of 5 semi-abstract stainless steel and bronze figures each approximately 18 foot in height.
Music and Dance – great unifying and highly popular art forms throughout the locality, constitute the core theme and are interpreted by their creator, Mr. Maurice Harron,
“ Two dancers stand still, poised and ready to begin. At the Lifford side stands a musician holding a fiddle and at the Strabane side a musician with a fife. A drummer stands proudly between them linking the musical ensemble.”
The site for the scheme is also highly symbolic – it is indeed poignant that what was once a focal point for division (the old border checkpoint) has now been chosen to represent a confluence of minds and ideas, where the uniqueness and richness of two traditions and cultures merge in harmony and strength.