Designers' golden globe for GOAL auction
Award-winning garden designer Leonie Cornelius and jewellery designer Martin Hamilton of The Cat & The Moon have together created a precious sculpture for GOAL.
The duo have teamed up again as part of the charity's 'What on Earth' project which will see 100 resin fibreglass globe sculptures being painted and decorated by some of Ireland's top artists and celebrities.
Many of the artists will work on their own, while other will collaborate with a well-known face, including ex-jockey, AP McCoy; golfer, Padraig Harrington; Irish rugby stars, Jordi Murphy and Jamie Heaslip; fashion designer, Brendan Courtney; celebrity chef, Rachel Allen; nine-time All-Ireland winning hurler with Kilkenny, Jackie Tyrrell; and former international athlete, Sonia O'Sullivan.
Martina and Leonie's globe is gold-leafed in 23.5 carat yellow gold and aptly entitled 'Precious Matter', to highlight the precious nature of the earth.
Thirteen sterling silver daisies were custom designed by the Sligo designers and sprout out of the globe where GOAL has a presence.
For the gold-leafing, Martina and Leonie enlisted the help of local gilder Maureen Quinn who showed them the complicated techniques.
"After a lot of research we realised that the daisy - Bellis perennis - is the one flower which grows everywhere in the world except the Antarctic!" said Leonie.
"We chose it as a symbol of hope, growth and purity and in this context it became a uniting symbol for all people worldwide and the ethical and moral responsibilities we share for each other," she added.
"We wanted to put a little bit of us into this globe - the precious jewellery angle, the plant and flower angle - but most of all this globe represents powerful work GOAL does globally and the positive impact the work has on our fragile and precious world," said Martina.
The globes will go on public display as part of a series of public art exhibitions in a number of cities around Ireland this October before being auctioned off in a live online auction in November to raise funds for GOAL.