Celebrate International Sculpture Day this Saturday, 24th April by exploring two unique outdoor installations on the Grangegorman campus.
Alice Maher’s The Axe (and the waving girl)
The Axe (and the waving girl) takes on the subject of the fairy tale, a subject Maher returns to again and again. The young female figure is waving to an axe, which is leaning precariously against a tree. Distance and closeness, and the contrast in scale, unsettle and disrupt the natural balance, as much as the apparent menace.
This work is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to TU Dublin as part of Pathway 6: Lending & Acquisitions of ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art.
Read more about The Axe (and the waving girl) here.
Clodagh Emoe’s Crocosmia × (2018)
Crocosmia × is a participatory project that aims to cultivate Crocosmia × croscosmiiflora, (known as Montbretia and Fealeastram Dearg) as a metaphor for diversity and inclusion in Ireland. This plant originally from South Africa now celebrated as an Irish wildflower questions received notions of what is ‘native’ and what is ‘foreign’. The metaphor of Crocosmia × was cultivated by exchanging poems for plants and through workshops in primary and secondary schools that resulted in two site-specific public artworks for TU Dublin Grangegorman and IMMA. The gesture of planting these vibrant wildflowers transformed previously neglected areas at the top of the tree-lined avenue by the playing fields in TU Dublin campus and a white metal bench by the front lawn in IMMA into a place where people might sit and be together.
Read more about Crocosmia × here.
Copies of “The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time”, anthology of poetry by individuals seeking asylum in Ireland will be available to borrow from Happy Days Coffee Van in Grangegorman. Recordings of a selection of the poems recited by the authors and information on the Crocosmia × and The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time are available on: