In 2007 Mayo County Council commissioned artist Remco de Fouw to create a sculpture to be located in Ballina, along the Foxford Road. The sculpture is called ‘Eye Witness’ and is composed of granite, bronze and stainless steel and stands at a height of 23 metres (75 foot)
The meaning behind the piece is explained below which was taken from de Fouw’s website:
‘On approach to Ballina, the N26 cuts rather severely through a hill, leaving the ‘Rath’ of Ballinaratha perched on one half, appearing as a rather forgotten clump of scraggly whitethorn an Hawthorn.
The Piece is placed on the other half of the hill across the road and faces toward the Rath, as if listening, or in communication with the Ancient and mysterious feature.
The pattern etched in the bronze is conceived to ‘reflect’ the tangled but strangely symmetrical patterns of branches and growth of the Rath and the bronze reflects light, particularly when the sun is out.