03.05.07 - Trophies reflect modern face of TidyTowns
With TidyTowns activities now up and running this year, we thought it would be an opportune time to focus on the new perpetual trophies, pictured left straight after completion in the artist's studio.
These trophies are currently on display in the winning towns in 2006, and will be awarded again this year to the winners of the Tidiest Village, Tidiest Small Town, Tidiest Large Town, Tidiest Large Urban Centre and the overall winner.
Introduced for the first time last year to celebrate the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 10 year involvement with TidyTowns, and with an eye to the upcoming 50th anniversary, the trophies were designed and made by Irish sculptor, Shane Holland working in partnership with Design Tactics.
Beautifully cast in silver plated bronze and acrylic, the trophies were designed to reflect the modern face of the competition and to incorporate the four areas of: heritage, architecture, water and plant life.
A 3 metre high replica of the trophy will soon be on display in the Fair Green of Ireland's Tidiest Towns 2006, Westport Co. Mayo where the Town Council have commissioned a sculpture in recognition of the town’s success in the competition.