In its history, the Arts Council has funded numerous public artwork projects from The Viking at the Erin Arts Centre by sculptor Michael Sandle to the Loaghtan Sheep sculpture at the Bungalow by Darren Jackson and Steph Quayle Jackson.
We feel strongly that the commissioning of artwork to be installed in public places will have a positive impact on local residents by improving the environment that we live in. It is also hoped that this artwork will increase interest and appreciation of the arts.
In 2002 the Arts Council commissioned the Memorial to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Situated in the sunken gardens on Douglas Promenade the sculpture commemorates the 200th anniversary of the founding of the RNLI. The sculpture depicts Sir William Hillary and his crew endeavouring to save the survivors of the Saint George that wrecked in Douglas Bay in 1830. It was sculptured by Michael Sandle, sculptor of the Viking at the Erin Arts Centre as well.
Another example of one of the islands finest pieces of public art is the Three Legs Sculpture which is being displayed on the frontage of the new Noble's Hospital. The sculpture was commissioned by the Isle of Man Arts Council and the Department of Health and Social Security and was completed in 2004. The Three legs was built by Manx sculptor Bryan Kneale.