“The Fiddle is Back!”
The beloved Fiddle on the roundabout was commissioned for the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann in 2010. Funded by Peace through Cavan County Council’s Arts Office, Joey Burns ran a public sculpture symposium involving eleven local artists who each created their own individual work around Cavan town.
The Fiddle became more than just an icon piece for the Fleadh, but also a response to the economic crises at the time. Perhaps it’s apt that it has been restored and revived at this particular point in time?
Serendipity has it that The Fiddle survived a tough environment over the years given its location at the roundabout where it has been exposed to all manner of elements.
Originally carved by the artist in wood, it has since been cased in fibreglass before being painted and sealed by Dublin decorative artist Patricia O’Malley.
“I am absolutely delighted with the rejuvenated sculpture” stated the artist Joey Burns, who also acknowledges the fantastic response by the public . He anticipates that the sculpture will welcome future visitors to Cavan for many years to come.
And perhaps it will also remind the citizens of Cavan the importance of creativity and humour in times of difficulty.