The town of Abbeyleix will take on the Italian theme next week, culminating in the official unveiling of a fresco on Friday evening created by Level 5 and Level 6 Art Students from the Abbeyleix Further Education Centre.
The idea for this started about five years ago, when forty odd perishing students went to do drawings on Abbeyleix Bog in all sorts of weather.
Through this the students came into contact with Abbeyleix Bog Project and Abbeyleix Tidy Towns Committee and the idea was expanded further to not only include the flora and fauna of the bog but also the architecture, history and stories of the town.
“The level 5 students will be working under the under the guidance of Enrico Ferrarini, an Italian artist and sculptor who amongst other commissions has restored a 19th Century fresco in Florence, while the level 6 students will be working alongside John Hennessey, of Kerbute Productions and incidentally a former student in Abbeyleix FEC, to create a video documentary of the creation of the fresco,” Paula Maher Hennesey from Heri
The project will create a new link in the town to Italy to sit beside the Italian influenced Market House, now the Library, that lies at the very heart of the town and will create a liminal space within Heritage House.
The creation of the fresco will run from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February. Heritage House Abbeyleix will be open free of charge for the duration to allow members of the public see how an amazing work of art like this is created.
The unveiling of the fresco will take place on Friday, February 27 at 7.30pm.