Sculpture Dublin invites you to see, talk & make sculpture!

We have reached out to artists and curators, who, through their practice or research, have an interest in sculpture in broad terms and in various contexts; historical, contemporary and yet to be imagined.

We have invited them to participate in our ongoing series of ‘Favourite Sculptures’ and asked them to tell us about a sculpture, in Ireland or elsewhere in the world, that has resonated with them.

Watch this space, as over the coming weeks and months, we add to this series. If you would like to get involved, please e-mail us at info@sculpturedublin.ie.

Moran Been-noon

Displacement (2019) by Saher Miari. wood, black concrete, and metal wires (120x490x210cm)
Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery  / צילום :יגאל פרדו
Photo by Yigal Pardo / يجيئال فردو

التهجير، 2019 ، خشب، باطون أسود وأسلاك معدنية
העקירה, 2019 , עץ, בטון שחור וחוטי ברזל

Displacement is a replica of a boat used by Miari’s relatives who lived in Old Acre, Israel, until the 1970s.  Installed in the Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, it faced the sea, but was set in cement. This choice of material makes the small wooden boat, a symbol of displacement, and perhaps of hope, into a heavy monument. The artist is a Palestinian Arab and citizen of Israel who has previously worked in construction, a not uncommon trade for Palestinian men in Israel.

The piece resonated with me because its unfinished look symbolises the unresolved relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, and the lack of any vision of a harmonic and aesthetic future. To me, Displacement is a tactile representation of the desperation I feel as an Israeli citizen, when I think about the lives of Palestinians as they have been shaped by conflict and the actions of the Israeli state.

Moran Been-noon is an Israeli artist, writer and curator who is based in Dublin. Alongside making and showing her own work, she develops exhibitions and public programmes for galleries and organisations around the island of Ireland.


Brí (2020) by Sophie Gough.
The Hive Building, Sandyford Business Park Sandyford, Dublin 18.
Photo: Jed Niezgoda | www.jedniezgoda.com

Brí is a beautiful new sculpture by artist Sophie Gough located at the Hive in Sandyford. Brí has many meanings in the Irish language and in this context it is translated as Vitality.  Gough used a new pioneering environmentally conscious mesh material called Kaynemaile as an alternative to metal mesh, this is the first time it has been used in Ireland. The result is a glimmering, lightweight chameleon-like artwork that stands at 7 metres tall. Shifting with the mood of the day, it has a living, breathing essence true to its name. The piece, in time and if desired, can be entirely recycled, allowing it a further future life and meaning. 

Basic Space is an independent art organisation with a programme of residencies, exhibitions and educational events in collaboration with practitioners and art institutions throughout Ireland. www.basicspace.ie

Mark O’Gorman, Gallery Manager, The Complex

Patrick Kavanagh (1991) by John Coll.
Wilton Terrace, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin.

Patrick Kavanagh’s pose is one I’ve borrowed many times along the Grand Canal. Like Kavanagh, I too regularly seek the contemplative qualities of these waters. Gazing into its trippy ripply reflections, exorcising the hustle and bustle ghosts from everyday life.

Growing up in South West Dublin, the canal became a primary source of nature. A curious river of sorts, we were told to “keep away from”. One way led to the city, the other toward the country, or as Kavanagh put it “far-flung towns mythologies”. It’s magnetic energy cuts through Dublin, providing linear solace to those who need it. A solace which Kavanagh regularly sought out, being the closest connection to his rural beginnings. 

John Coll’s depiction of Kavanagh invites passersby to sit with him along the Grand Canal, where those who stop and really listen, can hear it’s niagarous roars.

“O commemorate me where there is water, Canal water, preferably, so stilly Greeny at the heart of summer”. “Where by a lock niagarously roars
The falls for those who sit in the tremendous silence Of mid-July”.
–  Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin by Patrick Kavanagh (1954).

The Complex is a multi-disciplinary arts centre in the fruit markets area of Dublin 7 housing a versatile warehouse venue, 17 artists studios and The Ground Floor Gallery.  The gallery has an ambitious programme of events, performances and exhibitions planned for 2021. Head to The Complex website to keep up to date.