Cultivating Creativity: The Fox Park Group

Fox Park community created a three-dimensional fox as part of Cultivating Creativity

Fox Park is a tiny rural community of 32 houses built in 1968 and situated 13km northwest of Omagh, Co Tyrone. The Fox Park group was certain prior to contact with the artist that they wanted a three-dimensional fox to ‘make visible’ their small isolated community. A group of residents then set about designing and creating the sculpture alongside visual artist Amanda Montgomery.

Closer examination of the steel structure of the Drumnakilly Fox reveals various landmarks and historical features created as aluminium castings adorning the surface of the animal. These include a window and bell from Drumnakilly church, a well, a cairn and grasses. There are also steel hands, taken from handprints of young children and adults from Fox Park, representing both the future and the welcoming hand of friendship and peace.

On a particularly cold, wet day, a visitor to the project found among the group a huge feeling of energy, enthusiasm, pride, and sense of achievement, not least in convincing the unbelievers in the community that this was a good idea: ‘…this project helped find bits of history that hadn’t been known…and it has also made its own little bit of history.’ Residents of Fox Park were very pleased to have been involved in the Cultivating Creativity project, and are especially happy to have created their own sculpture, now a beloved local landmark:

Our giant fox stands tall and proud
Taking care of all around
He tells the story of surrounding lands
His body is covered with our hands
’The Drumnakilly Divil’ he can never be
Just good old foxy—for all to see!

© Cultivating Creativity 2004