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Knock Shrine commission completed.

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Pilgrimage – a two year long commission for the Basilica of Knock has been completed. The two entrance corridors flank the new tobar or well feature in the central arrival area to the Basilica, recalling the collecting of people in early cletic times around a sacred site, or well with curative powers.

The imagery creates a vision of open landscape, echoing the experience of approaching and leaving Knock. It also serves as a metaphor for the openness of clear thinking and a peaceful state of mind. On approach to the Basilica the strong yellow colours draw the pilgrim in to the main vestibule.  The two corridors of windows work in synergy with each other, transparent areas allowing the pilgrim to look though them see the apparition site and chapel of reconciliation outside, and and view the window opposite. On exiting the Basilica, the individual painted figures and the dispersing pilgrims outside become integrated into the window, the setting and purpose merge as one. As every pilgrim leaves the shrine, they carry with them a parting phrase or thought of the psalms.

 

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Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo Ireland ‘Pilgrimage’ Commission installed.

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The entrance corridors of the Basilica of Knock have been newly renovated and after a two year process of designing and manufacturing, I recently installed a large commission for both glazed entrances, of 36m x 3m transparent painted glass in 6 sections.

Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is a symbol that is acted out. In seeking to separate oneself from the everyday concerns of the world, one chooses to spend time in the presence of God by travelling to a place of special meaning.  Although traditionally, pilgrimages were long and arduous, contemporary pilgrims tend to make shorter journeys. On journeys one can be alone or with others. Travelling to a special place where the divine pierces through the mundane, a pilgrimage holds out the promise of help and comfort in this world and of a living encounter with deity. This sacred place can be within oneself but physical journeys can be symbolic with strongly held beliefs that a deity or saint is eternally accessible at the point where he or she lived or appeared as happened at the shrine of Knock.

Stripping away trappings of material culture and presenting only the essential elements, these windows suggest individuals or a group making a journey, the advancing crowds approach the Basilica. Individual figures stand apart or approach the procession, or the assembled crowd. This symbolises the journey of the individual, either as a singular act or as a movement of people, symbolising choosing to leave a group or to join them, answering a calling, or a responding to the actions of others.

The imagery creates a vision of open landscape, echoing the experience of approaching and leaving Knock. It also serves as a metaphor for the openness of clear thinking and a peaceful state of mind. On approach to the Basilica the strong yellow colours draw the pilgrim in to the main vestibule.  The two corridors of windows work in synergy with each other, transparent areas allowing the pilgrim to look though them see the apparition site and chapel of reconciliation outside, and and view the window opposite. On exiting the Basilica, the individual painted figures and the dispersing pilgrims outside become integrated into the window, the setting and purpose merge as one. As every pilgrim leaves the shrine, they carry with them a part of the experience of their personal journey and in this, every visitor to the shrine is forever represented in these windows.

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Ballyroan Library, Public Art Commission, ‘Transience’

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Transience – A Glazed Atrium in Ballyroan Public Library.  H3m x W8m x D60cm

The concept for this work is to capture transience by creating a movement of ethereal light and form as a metaphor for the poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. The structure of the pieces uses a rhythmic pattern of shadow and colour, creating permanent and transient passages of light and text, appealing to sensual and intellectual interpretation.

The work was commissioned as part of the per cent for Art scheme by Dublin City Libraries. The building recently won the RIAI Best Public building award -Architects – Box Archictecture

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New Commissioned Work Awarded

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Awarded;

September 2012

Commissioned by the Health Service Executive for Waterford Maternity Hospital. The project entitled ‘A new beginning’ glass sculpture for the delivery suite of the new maternity wing at Waterford Regional Hospital, forms part of the per cent for art scheme, and is due for completion in December 2012

November 2012

Commissioned by the Health Service Executive for Haywood Lodge, Mental health unit, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary,  a glass installation as part of the per cent for art scheme. This project is due for completion in January 2013

 

Commissioned by South Dublin Libraries, for the new Ballyroan Library, as part of the Per cent for art scheme.

The commission entitled Transience is based on ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, a poem by W.B.Yeats, and is scheduled to be completed in February 2013

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Taste! Glass and steel sculpture unveiled at Áras an Úachtaráin, official residence of the President of Ireland.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

 

Pictured above, President Mary Mc Aleese, with Róisín de Buitléar and children from the Phoenix park school.

September 26th 2011, saw the unveiling of ‘Taste!’ a Glass and steel sculpture by Róisín de Buitléar. Under the per cent for art scheme, it was commissioned by the OPW on behalf of the Presidents office on the occasion of the creation of the Sensory border in the Gardens at Áras an Úachtaráin.

The first crop of Irish strawberries for sale, are a signal of the arrival of the Irish summer!

This luscious glass strawberry perched on a steel fork appears to be plunging through the through the Victorian wall. It suggests someone snatching a strawberry or tempting a passer by with the bounty from the garden behind, indicating the location of the adjoining Kitchen Garden. Suspended on a fork from above the viewer, it is just out of reach and creates a yearning for the taste and smell of fresh strawberries. This sculpture is designed to be immediately accessible to the general public through the use of familiar objects and humour.
The unveiling was celebrated by the President Mary Mc Aleese accompanied by local school children from the Phoenix park.
Taste! is situated in the Victorian garden next to the Queens walk, some metres from the main house. The house and gardens are open to the public every Saturday.

Entirely manufactured in Ireland, the glass was blown and hot formed in the studios of the Irish Handmade glass company, Waterford, and the steel was made at Grogan Engineering, Dublin.

Taste the strawberry!

Glass and Metal sculpture

Planting will grow to cover wall area ..

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Sculpture commission for Áras an Úachtaráin

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Róisín has been awarded a commission to make a sculpture for the new Sensory Garden at Áras an Úachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland located in the Phoenix park Dublin. The Glass and steel sculpture is due for completion in September 2011.

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Viking Quarter Waterford City

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Port Láirge  Waterford  Vedrarfjordr

Founded in 914, Waterford is older than all the North European capitals except Paris and London. It is the only Irish city to retain its Viking place name – Vedrarfjordr – an Old Norse word meaning  ‘haven from the windy sea’ or ‘winter port’. The Irish named the city, Port Láirge, the port of the thigh.

Róisín de Buitléar was commissioned by Waterford city council to create a signature piece for the newly developed plaza on the Mall, situated in front of the Waterford Crystal building in Waterford city centre. A minimal form using layers of glass light and steel are combined to create a contemporary sculpture. Layers of finely woven silk, drawings and embroidered threads illustrate the location of the Viking quarter and medieval areas of the city. The location is used as a gathering point for walking tours of the city. At night, the sculpture is illuminated revealing its transparency translucency and illusion of height.

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Ranelagh Arts Community Art Project

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010


Ranelagh arts festival

Take away Triangle is a community-based artwork, which is in situ for the duration of the Ranelagh arts festival. Located on the triangle in central Ranelagh ‘Take Away Triangle’ is an outdoor participatory artwork led by Róisín de Buitléar and Maree Hensey. It proposes to initiate a dialogue about the Angle, a historical landmark in the village. Its purpose is to explore what the change in focus for this central location in Ranelagh means to the community, and what they feel about the current identity of the ‘angle’. The plants are a reference to the horticultural history of the area. By involving the community in a ‘drop in planting project’ the artists can engage with the public, develop a debate and stimulate discussions around what the Triangle is used for. Opinions, ideas and critiques are being collected from members of the community including local school children, passers by and local residents. Suggested uses for the space are being recorded and planted in the scheme. After the 10-day festival the community, are invited to take away a section of the planting, to plant it in their own garden, thus reclaiming the angle metaphorically

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Sesquicentennial Window, Blackrock College, Dublin

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Glass Installation, Blackrock College Dublin, Ireland.

President Mc Aleese unveils Glass installation in the St Paul Building, commissioned by the Past Pupils association of Blackrock College, to commemorate the sesquicentennial year of education at Blackrock college, Co Dublin.

Read the content of President Mc Aleese’s speech at,  http://www.president.ie/index.php?section=5&speech=808&lang=eng

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Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre Comber Co Down

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre Comber Co Down. 2000 mm x 3500 mm Hot worked and blown glass Commissioned by Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust UK.

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