Longford County Council offer a prize of €1,000.00 and two runner up prizes of €250.00 to the community groups and secondary schools that creates the most original, imaginative and environmentally friendly tree.
Simply to create a tree – one that is large, colourful and made from found or re-cycled materials.
The tree can be a detailed reproduction of a realistic tree or it can be an imaginative re-interpretation of what you think your tree should look like.
The group has complete imaginative freedom to make – a group of trees, purple and orange trees, trees with wonderful creatures nesting in them, trees with coloured bottles and cans hanging from them as fruit from a tree.
You can have human trees – car trees – bicycle trees – trees growing from an old bath, out of someone’s head or whatever takes your fancy.
Why Create an Imaginary Tree?
To create an” Urban Forest” in Longford town during the Cruthu Festival 2018
Beautifully creative, bright, imaginative trees located throughout the town during the Festival will greatly add to the festival atmosphere in the town for the duration of the Cruthu Arts Festival 26th -30th July 2018. It will create a talking point for people and will help to bring art out into the street and closer to people. It will be a tremendous advertising exercise for the participating groups and is sure to be an enjoyable experience for the volunteers participating.
The trees will be located at prominent strategic locations throughout the town for the week of the festival thus guaranteeing maximum visibility. Places such as; in front of the cathedral. In front of the Temperance Hall at the convergence of Dublin and New Streets, Centenary Square, in front and behind the Market Square, on the site of the old Swimming Pool, at the top and bottom of the Battery Road, in front of the Army Barracks and around the railway station.
I know nothing about making a tree – how do I start?
Longford Arts Office will engage an artist experienced in these projects to work with the groups on a regular basis. The artists will initially visit each participating group to discuss and ‘flesh out’ a basic concept. Once the group has the basic drawings and dimensions of their piece they will begin to source discarded objects. They begin to build the piece. The group will receive regular visits from the artists in residence to help them realise their concept and deal with any technical issues that may arise.
- All materials used in the pieces must be found or re-cycled and therefore free.
- Pieces must be designed to be sturdy and not easily climbed or at least not attractive to climb
- Pieces must be designed to be well balanced so as not to easily blow over.
- Pieces should be made without sharp edges
- Pieces should not be made from substances that might be toxic or noxious
- Participating groups must make arrangements for transport of the pieces to and from the festival
- Each participating group must have its own adequate insurance in place during the assembly and transport of the piece. The festival committee will have adequate insurance in place for the duration of the festival.
- For groups not wishing to reclaim their tree after the festival LCC will arrange for the trees to be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
Longford Urban Forest Poetry Challenge
Longford poets and prose writers – of which there are many – will be invited to write a piece of literature inspired by and individual tree.The writer and the individual tree will be matched by lottery.
The writer can work with the voluntary community group or school while they create their own individual tree.
Through the insight gained in this way the writer will write an original piece of poetry or prose based loosely on the tree.
All of the trees will be gathered together into a wood at the 1916 Commemorative Garden on Great Water Street for an afternoon of music, literature and –“yes you guessed it” – trees!!!
Participating voluntary groups and writers will be photographed beside each tree and will be published in a booklet each on the opposite page to the writing it inspired.
The book will be launched on a date in Autumn 2018.