Monday 20 November 2017

Unique 'Story Wall' on display at airport

The new ‘Story Wall’ at Dublin Airport.
The new ‘Story Wall’ at Dublin Airport.

YOU will have heard of Pink Floyd's version of 'The Wall' but Dublin Airport is host to its own impressive wall thanks to a new and fascinating exhibition on display in Terminal 1.

The impressive 'Story Wall', located on the Mezzanine level in T1, was created by 22 wood artists from all over the globe who came together in June 2013 at Glenn Lucas's Woodturning Study Centre in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. The artists – including carvers, turners, furniture makers and sculptors – gathered to create a 'Story Wall' for the Carlow Arts Festival.

The idea of bringing together all the artists with their different disciplines to create a 'Story Wall' was conceived by Terry Martin, wood writer, artist and curator from Brisbane, Australia.

Having been to Ireland many times, Terry had been struck by the number and beauty of the walls throughout the Irish countryside and the stories behind their making. This inspired him to come up with the idea of making a sculptural piece based on an Irish stone wall.

Many skills were used in making the wall, including carving, woodturning and sculpting. It is 6.5m long and made of individual wooden 'stones'. Each stone has been cut with a chainsaw and a bandsaw, carved to create a round finish, sanded and sandblasted.

Many of the artists then carved on the surface so that some stones resemble ancient rock art and some suggest realistic vegetation. On one part of the wall is a little door that you can open carefully and behind it is a treasure – a traditional Chinese coin carved that has a Celtic horse and an Asian dragon.

Fingal Independent

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