A number of young people from two youth groups in Galway City – Cape Youth Project and Westside Youth Project took part in a new Anti-Litter Initiative recently. Several art workshops led by artist Bernadette Bradley took place, in which the result was 23 artworks that will now serve their purpose as ‘fun surveillance sculptures’ casting ‘watchful eyes’ all around in Children’s Millennium Park. Deputy Mayor Cllr. Donal Lyons officially launched “The Trees Have Eyes” Project on Friday, 12th April.
Research suggests our behaviour when we are being watched is very different to when we are acting unobserved. Could watchful eyes in our parks discourage littering, or even dog fouling?
The aim of the initiative is that the presence of animated junk will encourage park goers to pick up after themselves. All the pieces were created using recycled materials, including paper boxes, plastic bottles, lids and tops. Jigsaw pieces, corks, coloured glass pieces, lampshades, CDs and CD racks, car tyres, metals, curtain poles, chairs, a gramophone speaker and a vast assortment of electronic junk.