The Well

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The Well – by Artist John Langan. The concept involves the creation of an artwork which functions in much the same way as a well-spring might have in the past: a place where people went to collect water, which acted as a meeting point, a social place to gather and chat.  The understated design concept and materials were influenced by the proximity to the Arch or North Gate and Castle, notions of springs, fountains, waterwheels and repositories, the play of light on water, Tibetan prayer wheels and the history of Athenry.

In the making of this monument John, an excellent teacher, involved students from local schools to work with him much to their delight!

The children called the project “A Monument to Small things”

The Well

At the design stage

The Well
Sone of the small things

small everyday things


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Written by Finbarr O'Regan

Published here 21 Mar 2021 and originally published 2005

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the North Gate, Athenry, County Galway, Ireland

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