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Saturday 17 November 2018

A Shaft of Light for Droghedas riverbank

The ‘Shaft of Light’ sculpture being erected opposite the Gardai station.
The ‘Shaft of Light’ sculpture being erected opposite the Gardai station.

A Shaft of Light, created by Drogheda-born sculptor Ronan Halpin, was installed as part of Louth Local Authorities public art programme at a site close to the garda station.Now living in Achill Island, County Mayo, Ronan Halpin worked from his studio in Fair Street

A NEW landmark was added to the Drogheda riverside on Wednesday last when a major piece of contemporary sculpture was installed beside the Boyne.

‘A Shaft of Light’, created by Drogheda-born sculptor Ronan Halpin, was installed as part of Louth Local Authorities public art programme at a site close to the garda station.

Now living in Achill Island, County Mayo, Ronan Halpin worked from his studio in Fair Street and taught for a number of years in St Olivers Community College, Drogheda.

His parents, Gavin and Aileen still live in Drogheda on the Rathmullen Road.

Ronan has completed a number of major works throughout the country and abroad, including the ‘King and Queen’ at Trim and, more recently, the capping pinnacle on the new refurbished Millmount Tower.

The ‘Shaft of Light’ installation makes a direct reference to the passage graves of the Boyne Valley and Newgrange and is made up of a six metre high stainless steel structure with a vertical slot running through.

Fibreoptic lights will illuminate the vertical slot in the piece, which is capped by a similarly lit laminated glass disc.

A two metre high stone stands in front of the structure and surrounding the base are four stone spheres. The stainless steel was fabricated in Drogheda by CISCO Engineering.

The base was installed by Jons Engineers.

These public art works are funded through the Percent for Art Scheme run by the Department of the Environment and Local Government and are funded through the National Development Plan and the European Union.

The major infrastructural improvements delivered in the County over the past few years are paying another dividend in providing funding for public art works. Among the major structural projects are drainage and treatment schemes in Dundalk, Drogheda and Dunleer and road developments including the Dunleer to Dundalk motorway, Drogheda Bypass and in the case of this artwork, the. Drogheda Main Drainage Scheme, which will serve the needs of Drogheda and its environs over the coming decades



This piece has been completed under the current Louth Public Art Project, which will see the installation of twenty-five pieces of art over the next year.





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