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Pictured here is a sculpture called Stream Spire which stands in the midlands town of Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Westmeath county council held a contest in 2009 to find a sculpture to enhance the entrance to the town. After more than 50 artists entered, the winning choice as pictured is by Mayo based visual artist Cathal McCarthy. The sculpture was commissioned to be created in September 2009.

The sculpture is constructed from a number of stainless steel spheres, and the idea behind it is that it would be similar to a weightless ribbon of water which mirrors the River Brosna. The intention is that the weightless appearance of the highly reflective spheres will give it the illusion of floating in the air and to reflect the town around it. The creation of the sculpture required a team of international engineers to make the design work.

The artist is famous for other public works in Ireland, including The Player, a massive steel work at Ballindine Village as well as Irelands largest interactive musical instrument which was a unique work consisting of 12 bright and playable chimes and a working xylophone. That piece was called Monk with Candles and was built at a school in Co Mayo.

He is known for exploring gravity, nature balance, form and architecture and he currently works teaching a group of learning disabled artists in Mayo.

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