Sweet Water Arch ~ stainless steel
Artists: Denis O’Connor & Bernie Rutter
Sweet Water Arch stands four metres high in the car park adjacent to the Lyric Theatre, opposite the Governor’s Bridge and across the road from Stranmillis College. It links the communities on both sides of the river, symbolises the theatrical connection with the Lyric and the flow of the river. It also features details from the impressive frontage of Stranmillis College, designed by Charles Lanyon, and oars.
You can see the oars, perhaps the chair is a symbol of the seat of learning at the college.
Children from three local schools worked with artists and lecturers to help design the piece. along with input from art and design students from Stranmillis College, local historians and residents groups all helped contribute to the content of the sculpture.
The name, Sweet Water Arch, derives from the Irish for the area ‘An Srúthan Milís’ or ‘sweet stream’.
View from the other side.
Denis O’Connor hails from Cork and with his partner Bernie Rutter they together form Sculpture Works based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, where they create work for national and international commissions, residencies and exhibitions.