Psyche Revived….

The sublime contours of ‘Psyche Revived By Cupid’s Kiss’ by the great Italian artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822) who achieved high renown for his marble sculptures. Photographed in situ in the Louvre.

Maman, Louise Bourgeois

It’s entirely appropriate that Maman – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks at its best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider, measuring some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide, is one of the …

Brian O’Loughlin – Passage

I never tire of seeing this magnificent sculptural landmark as I drive west along the M6 motorway between Dublin and Galway. (Prior to the Covid lockdown, of course!) ‘Passage’ by Brian O’Loughlin comprises six ten metre high pieces made primarily from bog oak taken from the very ground on which it stands in the heart of the Irish midlands.

Nothing Left To Say

I came across this glum-looking pair in a quiet corner of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Clearly the sparkle has faded from their relationship, probably a long time ago. Conversation a distant memory. Small wonder with her in mournful Victorian crinolines and him brazenly kitted out in his birthday suit. They’re not, to put it mildly, an obvious match. I …

Stormy Voyager

Linda Brunker’s ‘Voyager’ has stood up to all kinds of weather on the seafront at Laytown, County Meath. What’s one more storm?

MOMA – New York City

This large work – The River by the French artist Aristide Maillol – is a startling, though somewhat unsettling, presence in the quiet of the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was originally conceived as a work on the theme of war – a woman stabbed in the back and falling. The idea later …

‘A Tree In A Sculpture’

The striking eight metre tall ‘A Tree In A Sculpture’ by Japanese artist Naomi Seki is one of a series of large sculptural works at the wonderful Lough Boora Discovery Park in County Offaly.

Boy With Kite

Racing across the rooftops. Boy With Kite, a large bronze work by Tipperary sculptor Jarlath Daly, has graced the centre of Bettystown, County Meath, since 2004. It looks particularly well against a clear blue sky. #Ireland #PublicArt

Oyster Blue

One of the great things about public art is the sense of the unexpected. You walk around a street corner and something startling appears – like this crudely fashioned configuration set against one of London’s most iconic buildings. Rather imaginatively, I originally called this Blue Sculpture, only to discover subsequently that the colour is actually oyster blue. The unlikely title …