By Maurice O'Connell
In July 1997, South Dublin County Council and its consultants, Artworking, invited three directors
of national visual art organisations to propose artists for two Per Cent for Art commissions. A new
park under construction between Rathcoole and Saggart and St. Finians Park, Lucan would provide
sites for these works. The Council intended these as a pilot project that might lead to longer term
public art programming. Creative engagement with the site and an ability to effectively engage
with recipient communities were the main criteria. A shortlisting and presentation process led to
the selection of Patricia McKenna and Maurice O'Connell.