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New wave sculpture just the job for stressed out workers

EUROPE'S tallest moving sculpture now on display here may help busy workers wave bye bye to their stress.

Towering overhead at an impressive 116 feet at Park West Business Park in Dublin, 'Irish Wave', promises to be a calming influence.

It is the brainchild of internationally renowned sculptor Angela Conner, who explained: "The sculpture is an enormously long vertical swirling energetic line with nine tonnes of lead swinging beneath it so that when it is moved by the wind it is naturally brought back to the vertical.

"The idea behind the sculpture comes from the sense that people or things always regain their sense of centre."

Conner drew on Islamic calligraphy and watching saplings bend in the wind in Vermont for her inspiration.

Taking over two years to design, Conner first worked on an 18-inch model before tackling the full display, constructed from stainless steel and carbon fibre.

One clever touch is the creation of a mist surrounding the lower third of the sculpture so that when the sun is shining a rainbow flows through the form.

Given the gloomy economic outlook, Conner may find her relaxing sculpture ideas in demand at many more workplaces.

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