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One Small Step, One Giant Leap

On Wednesday 12th December 2012, we officially opened our artwork 'One Small Step, One Giant Leap'. This piece was commissioned throught the Per Cent for Art Scheme and funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

The commission for the artwork was awarded to internationally acclaimed artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, known as Cleary-Connolly. Their concept, inspired by the words of Neil Armstrong, centered around the small steps our infants take coming to school for the first time, their progress through the years until they take their final giant leap to secondary school and the wider world.

Our main criterion was meaningful interaction with the pupils. In March 2012 Anne and Denis visited the school and over the course of three days photographed each pupil climbing, walking and leaping from a bench. They explained the idea to the children using images and recordings of the first moon landing and Neil Armstrong's famous words. They also explained the photographic process and cited the work of Eadweard Muybridge, a 19th century photograper, who had shown how movement could be implied using still photographs of a single subject.

Subsequently, the images were printed on twelve separate panes of glass, using ceramic ink. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, it appears as detailed white dots, a photographic negative or ethereal figures of children leaping in the air.

We would like to thank all those involved with the project and it is our hope 'One Small Step, One Giant Leap' will continue to be an inspiring and thought provoking piece for generations to come.


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