By Alan Healy
A controversial piece of public art located in Derry has sparked back into life – at least partially.
Mute Meadow, which is located at the Ebrington end of the Peace Bridge, first opened in June 25, 2011 at a cost of £800,000.
The installation is made up of 40 pairs of angled steel columns ranging in height from six to 10 metres, which are lit at the base to resemble a shimmering ‘forest of light’ shining across the River Foyle.
However, since it opened, Mute Meadow has been dogged by problems, including a dispute as to who was responsible for fixing it.
The Derry News revealed earlier this that the artwrok is at the centre of a dispute between the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the current owners of the Ebrington site, and Derry City and Strabane District Council, over who is responsible for repairing the damage and ensuring that Mute Meadow is restored to working order.
This resulted in Vong Phaophanit, a Turner prize nominee and Claire Oboussier, issue a joint statement to the Derry News earlier this year expressing their profound disappointment, upset and frustration’ at the ‘disastrous situation’ the artwork now found itself in.
However, in recent days, visitors to the Ebrington site will have noticed that artwork is now illuminated again.
The Derry News understands that work has been carried out at the site in recent weeks, however, it is not known whether the Northern Ireland Executive Office or the local council has carried out any repairs.
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