Daniel Cullen & Una Keeley, Open Ground

Daniel and Una have a long standing reputation as artists who work in the community so to realise their project “Open Ground” they used the opportunity to encourage the local community to be part of their vision for their County Hall Commission. The artists ran workshops out of a converted shop in North Street. Advertising in local papers, among council staff and schools the community were invited to create their own “seed pods” which would contain the wishes of the citizens of Swords for the town’s future. The artists also devised their own larger scale ceramic pieces which were inspired by the themes and stories passed on by the participants about the town during the workshops. All the works sit perfectly together in a sculpture garden at the front of County Hall and are a much loved addition to the building.