A much-loved public space since the Victorian times, Swan Park was bequeathed to the people of Buncrana and its visitors by Harry Swan, whose family ran a successful milling business in the town from 1868 until the early 1980s. Swan Mills, through its associated Buncrana Electricity Supply Company, also provided clean, hydro-generated electricity to the town from 1905 to 1954.
The ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ exhibition & associated workshops, funded by Arts Council of Ireland, have seen the temporary installations of a solar powered globe sculpture ‘Só an Uisce’ by Kevin Harkin, an interactive fairy village ‘Púca na Cranncha’ by Mark Cullen, twisting ribbon-style metal sculptures echoing the history of textiles at Swan Mill by Rosalind Lowry and a ‘Swan’s Light’ pillar by John McCarron which pays homage to trailblazers Harry Swan & his brother John who were among the first power generators in Ireland to supply electricity & electric light to an urban area.
The ‘Art in the Park: Energy’ inaugural group art exhibition funded by Arts Council of Ireland will be on show in Swan Park, Buncrana, up until 8 March 2022. Booking is advised for ‘Sharing Stories of Harry Swan’ with John McCarron at 5pm at the Anglers Centre on 26 February. For further information visit www.artlink.ie email email@example.com or telephone 0838696513 / 0864532428.