Barge Horse - Bronze by Maurice Harron (1999)


Barge Horse - Bronze by Maurice Harron (1999)
Far side of canal, Herbert Place.

There is a red mark on the horse but I cannot get close enough to see what it is.

You can't get up close to this statue of a barge horse, but you can look at it across the canal (of course you could swim across). It commemorates the horses that pulled the barges along the canal before the advent of more modern forms of transport. Standing beside the horse is the boy who would have led the horse.

Maurice Harron (born 1946) is a Northern Irish sculpturer.

Harron was born and grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland. At the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast, he studied sculpture.

Much of his work is public art sculpture and he has works sited in Northern Ireland and in Ireland. Two of his most acclaimed commissions are Reconcilition/Hands Across the Divide in Carlisle Square, Derry, overlooking the Craigavon Bridge crossing the River Foyle, and the Gaelic Chieftain, arguably his most experimental and impressive piece sited in the Curlew Mountains, County Roscommon. This statue overlooks the site of the Battle of Curlew Pass, fought in August 1599, when a Gaelic Irish force under Hugh Roe O'Donnell defeated an English column during the Nine Years War.

His work Let the Dance Begin, dating from 2000, is sited near the Lifford Bridge in Strabane, County Tyrone and was commissioned by the Strabane Lifford Development Commission. It features 5 semi-abstract figures (a fiddler, a flautist, a drummer and two dancers) on the theme of music and dance, each 4 metres high and is made of stainless steel, bronze and ceramic tile mosaic. It is one of the largest pieces of public art in Ireland.

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