: PERCENT FOR ART COMMISSION : AUGHRIM : 2008
Aughrim National School, Co. Wicklow, 2008
Approx 1m x 0.6m x 1m, cast & welded bronze
This artwork was commissioned by the County Wicklow Arts Office as
part of the Per Cent for Art programme. This was a collaborative project
with fellow sculptor Niall O'Neill. The project focussed on the translation
of the town name Aughrim, as "horse ridge" or "back
of the horse" in Irish.
We worked closely with the staff & students at Aughrim National
School, presenting workshops and demonstrations on the full bronze
casting process so as to get everyone excited about the project. The
students were introduced to the horse as an image through art history,
and they also worked on school projects on the theme of local place
names. The students were encouraged to do their own drawings of horses,
which we then showed them how to turn into small wax horses. Niall
& I took the resulting wax horses (over 200) and cast them in
bronze. We then welded the bronzes to create a sculpture suitable
for the school, a stylized rocking horse.
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