Today I spotted a retweet from the Crawford Art Gallery that reminded me of the chat, my subsequent visits to the Listening Posts, and my promise to self to write a short blog on art installations not just being for the unveiling ceremony and plaque unveiling – some art needs some maintenance, a little love and affection.
A few days after the chat with Micko, I went down to Penrose Quay. Two of the pieces were damaged and being used as litter receptacles. The other two were broadcasting lists relating to exports and passengers from the Port of Cork. I stopped and listened for a while – some nice chill out time. After this, I went a bit out of my way a few times to hear the messages – but then they were gone.
With the extent of office, residential and apartment development in this area, it would be great to think that Cork City Council might remove the hoarded off area which definitely dissuades potential visitors – and it was there in the photograph from 2006.
But more importantly, it would be brilliant if Cork City Council decided to reinstate the art installation – but I am not holding my breath.