by Corban Walker
Image © Naoise Culhane
On 28 April, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland unveiled ‘Bushy’ by Corban Walker in Bushy Park.
Bushy is a distinctive new presence in Bushy Park, located in a woodland setting between the ornamental duck pond and waterfall in the north-east of the park. A study in restrained minimalism, the slender aluminium sculpture stands over 7 metres high and comprises many configurations of a simple stacked cellular grid. The interplay between projecting, recessed, and off-set sections of the sculpture creates a lively, elegant vision that belies the complexity of its making and echoes the ripples on the surface of the adjacent water. The surface of the metal alters over the course of the day, reflecting the ever-changing light while offering itself as an object of meditation alongside the pixelated glimpses of the leaves and branches of the mature oak trees that form its natural backdrop.
Corban Walker was educated at NCAD, Dublin, and since the mid-1990s has gained recognition for his installations, sculptures and drawings using industrial materials to explore philosophies of architectural scale and spatial perception. He has exhibited in museums and galleries – and realised important public art commissions – worldwide. Walker’s work is part of numerous public and private collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and IMMA, Dublin. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2015. He is a member of Aosdána. corbanwalker.com
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