It delivers a message of peace - designed in Shepley and sent to Northern Ireland.
The latest work by Shepley-based sculptor Michael Disley is an apple tree, which youngsters are encouraged to ‘shake’, and which forms a public artwork to spread a message of peace and welcome in Scotch Street, Co Armagh.
The granite sculpture was developed after extensive consultation with local communities.
Armagh was the scene of many murders and bombings during The Troubles in Northern Ireland through the 80s and 90s.
Mr Disley said: “The apple tree which is synonymous with this area can be made to shed its apples more readily if everyone shakes the tree together.
“The apples which fall exhibit a welcome to the residents and those from other lands. The children shake the tree as they are the ones who will form the future and peace needs to be part of that.”
Mr Disley, 52, is a renowned sculptor, whose work has been seen by millions of people, and includes a four metre high sculpture of a girl blowing on a dandelion by the side of a motorway in Ireland which 14,000 people drive past every day.
He was responsible for the memorial to the victims of the 2002 Birkby fire murders, which is outside St John’s Church and other recent work includes seven creations for paving supplier Marshalls, at its head office in Elland.
The Building Peace through the Arts - Re-Imaging Communities programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the EU’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, and the International Fund for Ireland. It supports arts projects that promote a shared future and build positive relations within and between communities in Northern Ireland and the border counties.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “The Building Peace Through the Arts programme has at its core the ability to bring communities together, through creative, arts-led engagement.
“We have witnessed towns across Northern Ireland and the border counties experience the transformative power of the arts and we are delighted to be part of the unveiling of this positive new landmark which symbolises the journey forward which this community has begun.”