A needle

If you get lost ~ Corten & Stainless Steel
~ Martin Heron

The needle sits on the Laganbank Road roundabout, Lisburn, N Ireland. It was commissioned by Lisburn City Council as part of their Creating Space Project.

The work represents Lisburn’s linen industry and heritage.

Standing  6mtr tall, this corten steel needle seems to rust, but is is in fact sealing itself from decay. A stainless steel thread forms a line of text: ‘if you get lost just stop and ask for directions‘, flowing from the eye of the needle. The text came directly from discussion with local community groups about their sense of place and identity.

Martin Heron says that Art should encourage and stimulate interaction with the world around us. It should evoke a sense of pride and wonder for the unique quality of the places where we live, visit and work.

12 thoughts on “A needle

  1. Grannymar Post author

    speccy – Me too.

    Patty – The sculptures add interest to the car journeys… for the passengers, as a driver, I never pay any attention. 😉

    Dianne – Northern Ireland was the home of flax and linen mills for many long years.

    Gigi – The more I looked the more I liked it.

  2. Ursula

    Grannymar, it’s great. And you have given me my ‘shot’ of needlecraft to feed the addiction. I live quite close to The Needles. But they are of a different kind.

    If you allow me a slightly sentimental moment: It’s wonderful how our fellow bloggers allow us glimpses of things we’d otherwise never see.

    And for that I thank you.


  3. Grannymar Post author

    Ursula – I have seen and used many shapes and sizes of needle over the years, but tis is the most unusual. I made one mistake… I never touched it. 🙁


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