This Sculpture Commission consists of five large shell forms constructed from concrete and mosaic, situated around a spiral terrace with flowing water. The artwork relates to a spiral motif running through the ground plan of the Freight Terminal Building and out into the exterior terrace. The buildings design with its spiral motif running throughout, clearly indicated ‘shell’ to me from the outset and I worked with spiral growth forms and the Fibonacci sequence of numbering as the underlying principle within the artwork*. The five shell forms are all based on real shells i.e. The Ammonite, the Scallop, The Conch, The Winkle, and the Conical Shell. Mosaic was used in different patterns for each shell and attempted to accentuate the individual aspects of each form. The Ammonite Shell is strategically placed in the centre of the spiral, which forms the building. In this way the building layout can be traced to the central pool in the external Terrace and on into the spiral of the shell itself. Water flows from this shell and out into the spiral pools echoing growth and natural energy within life.The Shells varied in size but were approximately two meters in length or diameter depending on the form. The artwork was commissioned through an open tender competition and funded by the Dublin Port Authority. * The ‘Fibonacci Sequence’ goes: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. and is a mathematical mirror of how growth occurs within nature, particularly shells.
|Place of Publication||Dublin|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|