Tuesday 20 March 2018

Clare sculptor creates Throne of GAAmes to rival famous prop from HBO Series

Two young kids enjoy Paul Berg's Throne of GAAmes
Two young kids enjoy Paul Berg's Throne of GAAmes

This is the Throne of GAAmes, a seat forged with over 150 hurleys used to go to battle in the ancient game of hurling.

The beautiful creation is modelled after the famous Iron Throne from the HBO series Game Of Thrones which was formed using 1,000 swords from vanquished soldiers.

The artistic piece is the work of Paul Berg. Originally from Rotterdam, he's been in Ireland 26 years, and lives in Mountshannon, Co Clare.

A friend of Paul's noticed an abundance of discarded hurleys while out making repairs on homes and he decided on this amazing way to recycle the ash.

The throne was displayed at the Iniscealtra Festival of Arts in Clare and proved a huge hit.

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Paul Berg's Throne of GAAmes

"It's a permanent sculpture ... hurley ash is serious wood. It will keep for a long time ... [we're] making something you can keep for years," Breg said.

The throne is built on a basic box frame to give it shape and strength, painted in the colours of the local GAA club – which can just be seen peeking through here and there.

Visit the Throne of GAAmes facebook page by clicking here

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