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New sculpture to go up beside Benburb Primary School

A new public art sculpture is being planned for Benburb.

A planning application for the work – which is entitled ‘Convergence’ – has been submitted to the new Mid-Ulster Council for consideration.

The sculpture, at Main Street in the village, is beside Benburb Primary School.Benburb

The work will tower 3.6 metres in height, and is described as a community initiated sculpture project.

It will be constructed from blue patinated bronze sheets, set on Tobermore flags and kerbs, set into gravel.

The location is on a green site and the piece has been inspired by the ‘beetles’ in the local linen mill on the historic River Blackwater.

The application has been submitted in the name of the Servite Trust NI and it comes just two weeks after Armagh I revealed that another public art work was under consideration for Middletown.

Plans for that work had been submitted in the name of the former Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.

It will be considered by the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, as it now assumes responsibility for local planning matters.

The Middletown work, under the banner of Building Peace Through The Arts, is entitled ‘Bee Lines’ and is expected to be a focal point close to the border.

It consists of a number of galvanised steel arches and, interweaving them will be solid lines, the bee lines of the title, on which will be placed various objects, including a barge and a bicycle.

The art work will be located on the verge of the road at the junction of the Monaghan Road and Annagola Road in Middletown.

It will stand some four metres tall and stretch over a distance of 11-and-a-half metres.

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