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Sculpture in Context 2006

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
7 September to 20 October 2006

The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin Dublin is in my mind quite possibly the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Northside Dublin... yes there is more to the Northside than the Airport... lots more... but the 'Bots', as I call it, has a special place in my heart. It was where myself and my mates, way back in the early 1970's, spent many a summer Sunday. We were gob-smacked by it's beauty we had never seen the likes of it . We were no longer in the grey suburbia that was the Northside in the '70's ...we were in 'The Garden of Eden'. exotic flowers.... plants.... trees the size of Liberty Hall.... and if you ventured into the magnificent glasshouses....well it was like hanging out with Queen Victoria in the rain forests of South America except....it was Ireland.... we owned it... it was free in, and that's not to mention.... it was “The Place “ to check out or meet the local "Talent".

 

Pili Duncan 
Ode to the Great Irish Famine
Mixed media, Carrickmacross Lace
30 x 25 x 15

Those were the days before true "Teenage Rampage" kicked in and we all formed Bands and started to build our own “Gardens of Eden”.

About two years ago I had a photo session to do for the Sunday Independent and, off the cuff, I decided to do it in the 'Bots' ... something very magical hit me ... yes the 'Bots' was still as  beautiful....even more so due to it's recent refurbishing, but something was different ... SCULPTURE.

All over the  gardens was the most amazing collection of sculpture all intertwined with the trees and plants and all the glorious surroundings that the 'Bots' holds ... from Surrealistic Monkeys hanging from the trees ... to Cloned Genetically Modified Sheep eating the grass ... to Metal Cacti ... to Friendly Concrete Slugs hanging out by the pool...to Winged Angels descending on the Rockery ... it was extraordinary. It was ART where it should be ... out in the open for all to see ... no snobbery just ART. Sculpture in Context's people were behind it .... and this year again they are casting their magical spell all over the 'Botanic Gardens'.  ART should be like the flowers, plants and trees we should feel and see it spontaneously ... 'Sculpture in Context' debunks the myth that one has to be 'educated' or 'intellectual' to appreciate or enjoy Sculpture / Art.

 
This is ART for the people without any of the deep and meaningful crap that a lot of the galleries have smothered ART with ... yes, I know ART can be deep and meaningful but it should not be ELITIST ... it should be OUT THERE FOR ALL ... and let them make their own minds up.... actually they don't even have to do that.... just Feel and Enjoy it ... bring your children ... bring your granny.... or go alone you'd never know it may inspire a budding five-year-old Picasso-To-Be ... or better still if you check out the 'Talent' you may even fall in love.
 
Gavin Friday 
2006

The four Sculpture in Context Awards for large outdoor works of distinction in any medium were awarded to:

Henry Amos for Cut Glass
Naomi Jobson for Dandelion
James Horan for Reflection
Niall O'Neill for Folded

The Winner of the CAST Ltd 2006 Award for a work of distinction in any medium was Frances Lambe for Borderland

An additional award will be presented at the end of the exhibition for the most popular sculpture voted by the public.

The Selection Panel for this year's exhibition was:
James Hayes, Rachel Joynt, Neil Read.


Henry Amos 
Cut Glass
Kiln Formed Glass, Mirror, Lawnmower
120 x 35 x 400

 

Ken Drew       
Fibonacci' s Garden Wall
Patinated Brass
185 x 185 x 65

 

Annika Berglund 
Grass
Smoke Fired Ceramics, Metal
200 x 100 x 100

 

Frances Lambe 
Borderland
Ceramic
26 x 300 x 60

 

Alistair Lambert 
Turn Point       
Slate, Stainless Steel
210 x 70 x 70

 

Eileen MacDonagh
Untitled
Limestone
120 x 100 x 150

 

Michael McWilliams, Sphere

Michael McWilliams
Sphere
Ciment Fondu, Jute
60 x 60 x 60

 

Anna Linnane 
Rooting Chair
Bronze

James Hayes
Evidence 2006
Stones on Soil
28M x 5M

 

Maria Casey 
Blowing in the Wind
White Cotton Sheets with Text

 

Adam May
XXXY
Bronze
180 X 40 X 40

 

Eamonn O Doherty
Innishturk  (maquette for sculpture to be 
placed on Innishturk Island Sept  06)
Bronze  
90 x 90 x 25

Greg Lynch 
Ladybird
Beech
85 x 81 x 108

 

Bettina Seitz
Embrace II
Stone Composite
38 x 60 x 15

Seamus Gill

Ana Duncan
Venus Veriegata
Bronze
33 x 16 x 30

 

Seamus Gill
Podforms
Sheet Bronze
60cm high

Naomi Jobson 
Dandelion
Cement, Stainless Steel, Perspex
120 x 120 x 120

 

Ian Gallagher 
The Awakening of the Woodland King
Kilkenny Limestone
81 x 23 x 23

 

James Horan 
Titles: Reflection , There Must be More,  Journey of Personal Discovery
Limestone

 

Michael Duhan
Birdgirl on Plinth
Glazed Ceramic
150cm high

 

Liam O Neill 
Supplication
Redwood
193 x 49 x 49

Cliodna Cussen
Cat ar Ghéag
Bronze
100 x 120 x 36

 

Beatrice Stewart
GM Cows: Buttercup, Daisy, Marigold, Rose
Ciment Fondu  
45 x 105 x 35 

Tobi Borland 
VSOP Sundial
Stainless Steel, Brass
170 x 70 x 70

 

Susanne McKenna 
Xingu
Clear Resin

Peter McGuire 
Cupreous Series
Glass
70 x 90 x 1

 

Alison Kay 
Succulent Form
Ceramic

 

Bob Quinn 
Mischief
Bronze, Stainless Steel

77cm high 

Richard Healy 
Rock Cactus   
Kilkenny Limestone
61 x 30 x 25

 

Gwen Wilkinson 
Pan
Wire Mesh (Galvanised)

Jane Jermyn 
20 Standing Forms
Ceramic
64 - 138cm high

 

Alan Magee 
Nursery           
Aluminium, Poly Plastic
175 x 50 x 55

 

Aindréas Scholz 
Solitude#1
Photography

Gyr Penn
Pill But
Cypress
45 x 45 x 45

 

Patrick Harte 
Monoliths (Sailors of the Winds)
Wood, Steel
225 x 56 x 4

 

Michelle Maher 
Pollen Hot Spot
Ceramic
32 x 150 x 150

 

Jonathan Macauley 
Arachnoid
Steel
150 x 450 x 450

 

Bobby Blount
Solar Eclipse
Kilkenny Limestone, Cararra Marble
180 x 60 x 15

 

Niamh Synnott 
Bamboo I
Stoneware
167 x 62 x 30

On the Divine Proportion III

Nicky Hooper 
Battle Nationale
Perspex, Metal Rods
16 x 8  each

 

Billy MacDonald
On the Devine Proportion III
Mixed Media
90 x 90 x 90

Isabelle Peyrat 
La Clef des Champs
Crystal
39 x 15 x 1

Brigitta Varadi 
Moss & Lichen
Mixed Media 
220 x 100

 

Peter Fulop

Eithne Roberts 
Untitled
Ceramic, Copper
22 x 22 each

 

Peter Fulop
Four Seasons
Oak, Porcelain, Stone
60 x 240 x 45

Debbie Paul
Seed
Bronze, Crystal Glass
9 x 30 x 35

 

Noreen Ramsay
Glasshouse Reflections Series
Glass, Ceramic
28 x 28 x 10

James Gannon
Figs and Pyramids
Limestone
45 x 45 x 45

 

Niall O'Neill
Folded
Glass Fibre Reinforced Ferro-cement
75 x 75 x 180
Juliette Cadogan

Juliette Cadogan
Socrates Surgery
Ceramic, Mixed Media

 

Cliodna Cussen
Duilleog Fillte
Limestone
150 x 30 x 36
Michael Duhan
Girl on Plinth
Glazed Ceramic
150cm high
Leo Higgins
Blue Tree
Bronze, Limestone
120 x 35 x 35

Brian Lalor
Urbs Series
Reconstituted Stone

Ian Gallagher
Summer Queen
Portland Stone
60 x 60 x 21

 

Colm Brennan
Lapwings
Bronze

Ayelet Lalor
Cree[er
Ceramic
150 x 105 x 6

 

Brigid Corcoran
Wood Deity
Charred Oak
161 x 24 x 24

 

Karl Burke
Wooden Drawings

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