LORRAINE WHELAN : PER CENT FOR ART COMMISSION,
ENNISCORTHY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL : 2008
Community Hospital, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Under the Per Cent for Art scheme, this piece was commissioned by
the Health Service Executive after a 2-stage competition.
The hospital is set on the outskirts of Enniscorthy, amid rural
countryside and mainly caters to the aged, with long-term occupants.
The commissioner specifically asked for works of art which were
brightly coloured, with resonance for the hospital clients, and
which required minimal maintenance.
Having worked with flower imagery previously (see
work), I proposed a mosaic depicting a close-up view of gorse, a
wild shrub which grows as hedgerows throughout Ireland and would
be a familiar sight to anyone with an Irish rural background. The
mosaic was created using coloured glass affixed to marine ply. It
was then installed directly into a wall at the hospital.
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