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The new sculpture on the Laytown seafront. Picture: Paul Mohan

The new sculpture on the Laytown seafront. Picture: Paul Mohan

The new sculpture on the Laytown seafront. Picture: Paul Mohan

The recent erection of a beautiful sculpture on the sea front at Laytown has led to much debate as to the inspiration behind the piece and actual name of the artwork.Seasiders have literally swamped this reporter with a myriad of names for the piece ranging from The Lady of the Sea to Inse.Locals have raved about the sculpture for weeks claiming the 6

The recent erection of a beautiful sculpture on the sea front at Laytown has led to much debate as to the inspiration behind the piece and actual name of the artwork.

Seasiders have literally swamped this reporter with a myriad of names for the piece ranging from ‘The Lady of the Sea’ to ‘Inse’.

Locals have raved about the sculpture for weeks claiming the 6 ft bronze lady reminds them of the ‘Little Mermaid’ at the entrance to Copenhagen Harbour.

The Drogheda Independent can reveal that the artwork will be called ‘Voyager’ and is inspired by the ocean and all that is in it.

The artist who designed the stunning bronze piece is Rathoath based Linda Brunker who is highly respected in the world of sculpturing having previously designed pieces for the public park at Laguna Beach, California.

Linda said the ocean has inspired her all her life and was delighted to have been commissioned by Meath County Council to design the ’Voyager’ sculpture.

‘Over the past few years I made a series of sculptures that have been inspired by the ocean.

‘I have always come to the beach at Laytown to collect elements to incorporate into these works.

‘These include shells, seaweed and other items,’ said Linda.

Discussing her other art works, the Rathoath woman revealed that some of her pieces have ended up in the Western United States.

‘These sculptures have gone to the other side of the world namely Ohio, Los Angeles and I’ve recently come back from installing one in a public park overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California,’ she said.

‘I brought the sculpture that I made for Los Angeles to Laytown Beach to photograph it before it went abroad and though how wonderful it looked in the place that inspired it.

‘I wanted to make a sculpture for this location for some time and I’m delighted that this opportunity has arisen,’ she added,

‘Voyager’ said Linda, ‘is inspired by the sea and the myriad of life that is contained within it.

‘It reflects the draw that people feel toward the ocean and the healing effect it has on us,’ Linda added.

‘She is in a lively and uplifting pose and should be easily recognisable from a distance.

‘The closer the viewer gets the more they will see the details like fish, seaweed, starfish and shells,’ she added.

Linda revealed that the moulds of sea creatures found on Laytown beach have been used to decorate ‘Voyager.’

‘The more the viewer looks the more they will see,’ she added.

Colours of blue and green ordain the statute with details picked out in orange and white and black.

All colouration is achieved using traditional chemical patination, the artist revealed.

‘Some areas will be highlighted to accentuate the detail.

‘It will be given several coats of lacquer to finish and protect it from the elements,’ Linda added.

‘The figure will stand on a base clad with rounded stones, hopefully from Laytown, to echo the beach.



‘Coupled with the above there will be some bronze elements in the base namely fish and starfish,’ she added.






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