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 …

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 …