More than one million euros of life-size art will be on display with the opening of Dublin’s newest attraction, Gormley’s Secret Sculpture Garden.
That new permanent home for Ireland’s largest sculpture collection is located behind Gormley Fine Art in Dublin.
The garden will open its doors on Thursday 23 June, with an indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibition showcasing the best Irish and international artists.
Sixty works will be on display, most of them life-size bronze sculptures by artists such as Patrick O’Reilly, Giacinto Bosco, Salvador Dali, Ian Pollock, Eamon Sennant, John Behan, Anthony Scott, Sandra Bell, Bob Quinn and Ana. Duncan.
Gormley has renovated two gardens and the back of his gallery to create an oasis of sculptures.
The idea was inspired by the series of major Irish and international art in The Garden sculpture exhibitions, which over the years have drawn record crowds to Rusborough House and the Culloden Hotel in Belfast to see large-scale works by artists such as Dalí.
Gallery Manager James Gormley said: “We have always been passionate about sculpture and following the success of Art in the Garden, we know how much people love walking among sculptures in an outdoor setting.
“However, until now, Dublin has not been a permanent home of sufficient scale to display large outdoor sculptures in the city.
“We would love for it to be a permanent stop on the Dublin tourism route, a place where people can experience the best of Irish and international artists in one place.”
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The Gormleys Gallery now has three floors with a sculpture garden, which is accessible via the gallery in South Frederick Street.
The inspiration behind this series centers around the mystery of life and existenceIan Pollock
“Our upstairs contemporary gallery features works by renowned international artists such as Andy Warhol, Banksy and Damien Hirst along with leading Irish artists Peter Monaghan, Maser and Stephen Forbes, so visiting the gallery now is a complete experience,” said Mr. Gormley .
The sculpture exhibition will also feature the works of internationally renowned South Korean artist Seo Young Deo, for his ultra-realistic, life-size sculptures of human figures specially fashioned from hand-welded chains drawn from industrial machinery and bicycles. are known.
Devak recently performed on the streets of London as part of the prestigious Mayfair Sculpture Week.
Prominent Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly was selected to exhibit at the event in 2021 and his work is also featured prominently in Gormley’s exhibition.
Other major works from the show include Ian Pollock’s new series of crow and prominent sculptures, This Must Be the Place and Open All the Locks, which measure 2 meters in height.
Pollock said: “The inspiration behind this series centers around the mystery of life and existence.
“Perhaps the key is being used to open or close; Either way, within both, all life happens.”