Client Requirement

The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, driven by a commitment to cultural and community enrichment, has initiated a unique project to pay homage to the beloved children’s book, “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney, a resident of Lisburn. This public art and literature trail project is a tribute that intertwines visual art and storytelling, inspired by the book’s illustrator, Anita Jeram.

The council has allocated funding for a sculpture trail, interactive worksheets, and a digital app to create an immersive journey through the story’s enchanting world.

Additionally, the council is revitalizing Haslem Lane in the city centre, transforming it from a graffiti-marked area into a vibrant part of the city, reflecting Lisburn’s charm and character.

 

Our Approach for this Public Art and Literature Trail

The ‘Public Art and Literature Trail’ centrepiece in Lisburn City Centre includes three chainsaw-carved wooden benches and a bronze sculpture. These installations are not just decorative but are narrative conduits, inviting visitors to engage with “Guess How Much I Love You.”

To enhance interactivity, we developed the ‘Little Nutbrown Hare Trail’ and the ‘Big Nutbrown Hare Trail’. Each features eight zinc rubbing plaques and corresponding worksheets with a city map, guiding explorers through Lisburn’s landscapes. The trails are designed to captivate and educate participants.

A highlight of the trail is a bronze sculpture by local sculptor Trudy Burke in the picturesque Castle Gardens. This sculpture is a visual and symbolic centrepiece of the trail, showcasing the city’s dedication to fostering a rich, artistic, and literary culture.

This Public Art and Literature Trail blends art, literature, and community spirit. It revitalizes city spaces, making them more engaging and educational, and symbolizes the council’s dedication to enhancing Lisburn and Castlereagh’s cultural landscape. This initiative reflects the city’s commitment to creating a vibrant, connected community, celebrating its literary heritage.