New Public Art for Bloody Bridge


The Mourne Heritage Trust has commissioned a new piece of public art which is now in place at the Bloody Bridge Amenity Site.  ‘The Smuggler’s Head’ consists of two wind-shaped rock columns.  To fully appreciate however, you must concentrate on the empty space between the two rock columns.  From a certain angle this empty space will reveal ‘The Smuggler’s Head’.  The artist behind the piece is Ralf Sander.  Ralf used as his inspiration the idea that a good smuggler must become almost invisible – hidden and become part of the landscape.  

Some recent visitors from Larne – James Clements and his two children Brandon and Danielle aged 12 and 13 described the piece as “surprising”, “unusual” and “cool”.  

This is the first of three pieces of public art to be installed before the end of July.  There will also be pieces in Upper Square, Castlewellan and in Kenlis Street, Banbridge.  Together they represent Phase 3 of Mourne Public Art.   It is hoped to follow phase 3 with the publication of a “Mourne Public Art trail” which will provide an interesting and innovative means of interpreting the landscape/heritage of the area.

Thanks to funders of the piece which is e art was funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.