Public Art Commissions

Shannon Roundabout, Shannon, Co. Clare

Through an urban renewal scheme, Clare County Council wishes to commission a sculpture from a professional artist in a landmark location in Shannon Town Centre.

Shannon is Clare's newest town. It is also an important industrial location and the site of the world's first duty free airport. The history of the area is as old as that of most other parts of the county. However, in no other place have the changes been so profound and so sudden. The change from flat marshy ground populated mainly by snipes and hares to the present hub of international travel and trade has taken less than 45 years.
Most recently, Shannon Town Centre, which is adjacent to the location of the proposed sculpture, has undergone a major redevelopment. The Shannon Skycourt Centre has brought a purpose built designed town centre to the town, epitomizing the best in contemporary design and functionality. Coupled with major housing developments in the centre of the town, Shannon has a vibrant modern feel to it. The proposed location of the sculpture is adjacent to these major developments and is a landmark location in the town.
Urban Renewal Scheme

Clare County Council is significantly upgrading the town centre roundabout in Shannon. This is one of the primary traffic locations in the town and road improvements and design will be carried out as ancillary work to the erection of the commissioned sculpture. This work will take place under the Urban and Village Renewal Scheme under the National Development Plan and is co funded by the EU.

Context for the Commission
Shannon has developed as a pioneering town over the years, in terms of taking the lead with the development of Shannon international airport, Shannon Industrial Zone and concepts which are now seen throughout the world such as Duty Free Zones. The pople of Shannon have seen emigration through the airport connection, but also much immigration as people came to build the airport, build the town and in many cases build a new life for themselves and their families. The council are looking for an artwork that will be a monument to the townspeople of Shannon and that will reflect the pioneering spirit of the town and its people.

Artists should submit
a) proposed ideas / sketches and or
b) maquettes

which are sympathetic in scale and theme to the revitalisation of this area.


The budget for this project is €45,000

This includes second stage artist fees if the commissioning body deems it necessary to seek further information from artists.
It also includes artist’s fees, documentation costs, travel, materials, transport, design, fabrication, installation costs, lighting, signage, insurance and VAT. An additional sum may be available for ancillary works if required, subject to negotiation with Clare County Council.

Artwork Specifications
Artworks in all media will be considered. Consideration will be given to maintenance and durability of proposed materials.

The artwork must be in place by September 30th, 2006 at the latest. Artists should indicate a proposed time scale for artwork.

Site Visit
A site visit to Shannon will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2005.

Artists should meet at the Lidl Carpark in Shannon at 10 am where the County Arts Officer and a representative from the planning section will be in attendance.

Please inform the Arts Office at 065-6846267 or email: if you wish to attend at the site visit.

Artists should be able to demonstrate a professional standard of arts practice.

All applications should be marked Corrib Drive RS and sent to The Arts Office, County Library, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare no later than Friday, November 18th, 2005

Map of Shannon

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