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New ‘Eye Spy’ art opened by Sam Baird

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On Friday 25th September a short ceremony took place to formally open the most recent ‘Eye Spy’ installation.  Colin Pidgeon, founder of Dundonald Art Corridor, introduced the event.  It was uploaded on Facebook live for those watching at home.

Eye Spy

Eye Spy is a collaborative piece of art that was cleverly designed by Jan Aitken. It is now installed on the wall of Sam Baird Opticians.  Sam Baird officially opened the picture after saying a few words.  Sam praised the work of Dundonald Art Corridor as being brilliant for the village and said, “I am pleased beyond words to be able to provide a wee corner for another piece of art”.

“I am pleased beyond words to be able to provide a wee corner for another piece of art” Mr Sam Baird

A plaque beside the painting explains its history and reads:

“This piece was produced collaboratively by the people of Dundonald. The original design is by Jan Aitken. It was painted at a community fun day in Ballybeen in August 2020 under the supervision of Dundonald Art Corridor’s Artist in Residence, JoJo Stevenson.

It is a piece of Op Art, designed to trick the eyes and make interesting patterns, making this a site (or sight) specific installation. Originally, the coloured panel was to be magenta. Following COVID-19, we changed it to a rainbow, in tribute to all of Dundonald’s key workers.

We are grateful to all the young people who brought their parents and friends along to help us paint it, and to Mr Sam Baird for allowing us to display it.”

You can watch a video of the grand opening here:

Eye Spy (starts around 13:30)

Thanks to all involved in the creation and installation of the newest ‘Eye Spy’.  Please contact Dundonald Art Corridor if you would like to get involved in designing art for the ‘Eye Spy’ wall or if you would like to exhibit work in the Street Gallery.

Photography by Emma McManus
Photographer in Residence at Dundonald Art Corridor

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