Toormore Dolmen #2

Quite a different image of the altar wedge tomb overlooking Toormore Bay in West Cork which is said to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age – making it around 4,500 years old. As the name indicates, it was originally a pre-historic burial site. But during the period of the Penal Laws in the 16th and 17th centuries …

Voyager

Voyager, a ten-foot bronze sculpture by the internationally acclaimed artist Linda Brunker, greets the rising sun on the promenade at Laytown. The intricately-wrought work which gazes eastwards over the Irish Sea has become synonymous with the village since it was installed in 2004. A slightly earlier version of Voyager has, since 2002, been facing in a westerly direction towards the …

Serendipity, Barcelona

Sometimes images just fall into place. I think the word for it is serendipity. This is one from my first visit to Barcelona – many years ago now. It was taken close to the entrance of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. What caught my eye was the bronze sculpture and how it sat nicely within the lines of ornate …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

It’s entirely appropriate that this huge artwork – 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 best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider – entitled Maman – measures some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide. …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim building in  Bilbao is among Europe’s most iconic modern architectural creations. We mostly see images of it in daytime. So here it is at night lit up in all it’s startling finery. I feel a yearning for a return trip – when we’re allowed to fly again.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sydney Halo

Halo is a wind-powered kinetic sculpture in Sydney’s Central Park. It’s rather large. The twelve-metre-wide tapered ring sits atop a thirteen-metre-high angled silver mast. But the best bit – the long cantilevered arm at the top turns with the wind. The design is the work of artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford. Popular culture has it that Sydney basks in …