By Kevin O’Dwyer
A series of triangles made from disused railway tracks, sleepers and steel which interact with each other by using the movements of the sun throughout the day.
While walking in Lough Boora Parklands on a winter’s afternoon, the artist was fascinated by the strong directional light and the shadows it cast on this unencumbered landscape. He decided to use a series of equilateral triangles of decreasing size that would cast shadows on the landscape and interact with each other as the sun moved during the morning and evening hours.
The sculpture was fabricated from materials long associated with the industrial heritage of the cutaway bog- railway track, railway sleepers and steel plate. Two of the triangular forms were made from oak sleepers bolted to a steel armature; the sleepers were removed from a disused bog train railway line laid in the 1950’s. The wood triangles symbolised the old use of the bog.
The centre triangle was made from stainless steel and symbolises the new use of the parklands. The triangular icons are held in place using railway track, which once facilitated the movement of peat to the Ferbane power station by the bog train.
Kevin O’Dwyer’s artwork has explored the subtleties of ritual and imagination. Irish prehistoric art, bronze-age artefacts, early monastic metalwork, 20th century design and architecture are his creative influences. Equipped with this visual vocabulary, Kevin creates artefacts that often combine the textured surfaces and flowing lines of our past with the strong and austere forms of modern architecture. The ultimate goal is to create a work of art that is timeless, thought provoking and responsive to the human spirit.
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