Sculpture to mark Rose of Tralee anniversary
A NEW roadside sculpture, created to mark the 55th anniversary of the Rose of Tralee, is set to be unveiled during this year's festival.
Created by Mayo based sculptor Rory Breslin, the sculpture towers seven metres over the new bypass roundabout just to the west of Ballygarry Hotel. The imposing metal sculpture features three dark red roses with green stems which symbolise the journey that all Rose contestants go through.
Although the statue is already in place it will be officially unveiled on Monday August 18 by reigning Rose of Tralee Haley O'Sullivan and Transport Minister Paschal Donoghue who will also be joined by a number of Roses and festival bosses at the ceremony.
The statue was commissioned to mark the festival's anniversary and also to bring a splash of artistic colour to the Tralee bypass which was officially opened during last year's festival. The cost of the statue was covered by the National Roads Authority under the 'one per cent for art' scheme which sets aside a portion of the budget for road projects to fund art works along those routes.