Woven: Red is a site specific thread installation commissioned for the opening of the new gallery. The concept of artist Lorna Kincaid who was guided by the theme ‘Red Carpet’, the artist was motivated by the idea of revealing and concealing. This abstract composition invades the space and alters the everyday experience of this public walkway. As you walk under the geometric hood its linear patterns creates web like angles. Through these angles the building, its vista and skyline are slashed, segmented and framed. This interactive public art piece can be viewed from several vantage points – from across the river, from the bridge, from the river gallery, from the boardwalk – it can be walked under, looked down upon and peered through.
Woven:Red also lives on in the memories of those who came, saw, and experienced the artwork. As an outdoor piece it became part of the landscape of Athlone, people going about their daily routines such as walking the dog or going for a jog. The piece has a local resonance being situated across the river from the site of the old Athlone Woollen Mills which burnt down in 1940 and installed in the former workers hall. This giant loom with its fiery red colour pays homage to the history of its location.
Lorna a local artist from Ballymore, Westmeath creates sculptures and installations with a focus on participation and social engagement. Lorna wanted the creation of this art work to be a social experience so she enlisted the help of artists from the Making Space Collective who are based in Athlone. The process of collaboration, teamwork and sharing as well as the conversations and arguments all contributed to making this artwork a social sculpture.