A €10,000 artwork is to be commissioned by Cork County Council to acknowledge the huge effort made by people and communities during the Covid-19 crisis.
It had been hoped to hold a special function to acknowledge 'heroes in the community' during the crisis, but the local authority has decided under the circumstances to instead send them special scrolls as a thank you for their work.
Outgoing mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle said the scrolls will be used to express gratitude to community groups, volunteers, and first-line responders, who have so admirably served the public during this crisis.
They will be delivered to recipients, rather than at public ceremony, in order to adhere to public health guidelines.
As a further tribute to community spirit, Mr Doyle announced a 'Call to Artists' for a specially commissioned piece of artwork that will be a visual representation of the incredible efforts of the citizens of Cork during this time.
The mayor has a long-standing history of community activism and has met with a wide variety of community, voluntary, and statutory agencies who have been to the very fore in terms of the Covid-19 response.
During his term, Mr Doyle said he had witnessed at first-hand the tremendous effort that has been made by individuals and community organisations alike and he now wishes to acknowledge this work through this commission.
“This call for a specially commissioned piece of artwork goes out to all artists based in Co Cork. I would like to positively support the arts in County Cork at this difficult time and recognise how Covid 19 has demonstrated the strength which exists across our communities,” he said.
“This artwork can visually represent a particular moment in time when the people of Cork County, although physically apart, ultimately came together in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. I am especially proud to have witnessed this first-hand in my term as Mayor and would like to acknowledge this as I come to the end of what has been an extraordinary tenure."
The commission is open to artists living based in County Cork and is valued at €10,000. The selected commission will be located at Charleville Library.
Proposals via YourCouncil.ie.