Evening Echo is a public artwork by New Zealand-based artist Maddie Leach. It is sited on old gasometer land gifted by Bord Gáis to Cork City Council in the late 1980s. This site was subsequently dedicated as Shalom Park in 1989. The park sits in the centre of the old Cork neighbourhood known locally as ‘Jewtown’. This neighbourhood is also home to the National Sculpture Factory.
Public art display at Sunset on Sunday 13th December 2015
Shalom ParkGas Works Rd & Albert Road, Cork
9th Lamp on : 4:14pm
Sunset : 4:24pm
9th Lamp off : 4:54pm
Evening Echo is an art project generated as an artist’s response to the particularities of place and locality. Now in its fifth year, the project continues to gather support from the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Cork City Council, Bord Gáis and its local community.
The project is manifested in a sequence of custom-built lamps, a remote timing system, a highly controlled sense of duration, a list of future dates, an annual announcement in Cork’s Evening Echo newspaper and a promissory agreement. Evening Echo is fleetingly activated on an annual cycle, maintaining a delicate but persistent visibility in the park and re-activating its connection to Cork’s Jewish history. Intended to exist in perpetuity, the project maintains a delicate position between optimism for its future existence and the possibility of its own discontinuance.
This year the last night of Hanukkah is Sunday December 13th and offers the only opportunity to see the tall ‘ninth lamp’ alight until next year. The cycle begins 10 minutes before sunset, which occurs this year at 4.24pm, and continues for 30 minutes after sunset when the ninth lamp is extinguished.
Fred Rosehill Chairman of Trustees of the Cork Hebrew Congregation said ' the Art work was a very clever use of the symbolism of the 8 Day Festival of Lights- Hanukah.It is a fitting tribute to the Cork Jewish Community who lived nearby in the Shalom Park area of Cork city at the turn of the century. We are delighted that this work is part of Cork’s many wonderful Art projects '
Maddie Leach was at the inaugural lighting of the Evening Echo project in 2011 but has been unable to attend again until this year. She is delighted to be present at Shalom Park on December 13 and immensely grateful for the ongoing commitment to the project from the National Sculpture Factory, Fred Rosehill and Cork City Council. She views the 5th anniversary as an opportunity for all those involved to have a conversation about the future of the art work, its relevance and continued presence in the culture of the city.
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Maddie Leach’s work is largely project-based, site responsive and conceptually driven and addresses new thinking on art, sociality and place-based practices. She seeks viable ways of making artworks in order to interpret and respond to unique place-determined content and she is recognised for innovatively investigating ideas of audience spectatorship, expectation and participation in relation to art works. Leach’s recent projects include commissions for Jakarta Biennale (Indonesia, 2015) and spaced 2: future recall (Perth, Australia, 2014-15). She was shortlisted for New Zealand’s premier Walters Prize in 2014 for her project ‘If you find the good oil let us know’. Leach was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1970 and currently lives and works in Wellington.
A catalogue with essays by Mick Wilson (artist, writer, educator) and Matt Packer (previous curator of Exhibitions & Projects, Lewis Glucksman Gallery) has been published by the National Sculpture Factory see: www.nationalsculpturefactory.com for details.