Wednesday 16 October 2019

Artists reshape the globe for GOAL

Bernadette Doolan and her globe
Bernadette Doolan and her globe
At the opening of the GOAL ‘What On Earth’ exhibition in Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare (from left): Jackie Edwards, artist; David Williams of GOAL, from Wexford; Bernadette Doolan, artist; Laura Kelly; and Helen McLean, artist
Jackie Edwards with her creation
Helen McLean with her globe

Anna Hayes

Kelly's Hotel in Rosslare Strand was the site for a particularly unique exhibition which opened last Tuesday and runs until today (Tuesday).

The GOAL 'What On Earth' project gave artists from all over the country a blank canvas, that of a white resin globe sculpture, and asked them to design their own unique artworks for auction at the end of the year. 20 of those sculptures were exhibited in Kelly's Hotel for the past week.

Of the 100 artworks, four were created by Wexford based artists.

Bernadette Doolan's globe is called 'What if we left Mother Nature to do her thing?' and her idea was to portray the beauty in the world, its potential, vulnerability and yet, its strength. To achieve that, she used porcelain roses to represent the countries, giving Ireland a gold rose to represent the work done by GOAL and the Irish reputation of being warm and welcoming. She also drew abstract branches, connecting the roses, that resemble the arteries of the heart.

Zane Sutra's 'Beautifully Broken' was inspired by the notion of the end of the world, saying that most don't believe in it as a reality and so she decided to physically break her globe and reconstruct it, thus forcing her to find a way to fix it. Inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, she said her project was about turning something broken into something new and even more beautiful.

Helen McLean's globe is called 'The World Is What You Are' and celebrates the work of GOAL worldwide. She wanted the earth's surface to be alive with light to project a sense of hope, but also highlighting the shadows that cover many parts of the world. All materials used are recycled and the mirror on the work reflects the light and the dark.

Finally, Jackie Edwards' offering 'The Yellow Brick Globe' depicts the world as a whole catastrophic scene of storms and tornadoes with hands reaching our of the storm for help. The yellow brick road constructed around the globe represents GOAL.

David Williams, from GOAL, said that as a Wexford man he was delighted to see the exhibition coming to Wexford, adding his thanks to Bill and Laura Kelly in the hotel, pointing out that Bill had been a good supporter of the charity over the years.

He remarked: 'Everyone was given the same canvas but all of the globes are very different and that's what makes this project so unique.

The online auction is now open at and the globes will remain on that site and open to bidding until Thursday, November 28th at 7 p.m.

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