1. Jørn Rønnau: Lough Boora Triangle 2002. 3 x 3 x 3 meters. Bog Oak, Bog Pine and Bog Yew in an iron frame.

    The sculpture forms a triangular space for meditation. You can sit down inside and look out at a landscape where the bog - due to climate changes - started to grow 4000 years ago killing all the big oak trees, pine trees and yew trees growing there. The peat from the bog has now been completely harvested. Many of the trunks of these 4000 years old trees have been recovered as bog wood.

    Lough Boora Triangle is built from these ancient trees.
    Constructed around an iron frame, three bog oak trunks form the corners. Stacked bogwood form the walls. The narrow entrance is marked by a triangular serpent stepping plate. Inside is a bog yew seat where visitors can sit down and look out towards the Western horizon, where the sun will set right before your eyes 2 days every year: 21st of March and 21st of September, Spring and Autumn Equinox.

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  2. London based artist, Julian Wild has been commissioned to make one of this years residency projects at Sculpture in the Parklands in the bog lands of Co.Offaly.

    Over the last 2 years Julian has gleaned pieces of metal scrap from the Bord na Mona workshops in Lough Boora. He sees the process as a kind of archaeology in which each old cog and piece of metal tells part of the story of the industrial heritage of the site.

    Welding these scraps of peat wagons and cutting machinery together, the artist will construct an 18 metre long sculpture in a canal at the site. The concept is to create a disk that appears to bounce over the surface of the canal, like a skimming stone.

    The disk is held in the air by a trajectory trail of scrap that it leaves behind.

    Since 2003 Julian has been making a series of works called ”Systems”. These works are sequentially numbered. The numerical order of the series is partly an attempt to de-romanticise the titling process and partly to encourage the viewer to focus on their response to the work. The Systems series has taken Julian on a journey through self-contained sculptures, installations, drawings and public art projects.

    More information at: sculptureintheparklands.com/julian.htm

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  3. Over the past twenty years Alan Counihan has realised many large site-specific works in the public domain and exhibited widely both in Ireland and the U.S.A. His work is in many public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. While perhaps best known for his object-based work his practice also incorporates photography, theatre, texts and installation.

    Recent projects include The Weavers' Gifts , a celebration of the Costanoan-Ohlone tribes of Central California, USA, and Olmo/Elm/Leamhán, an exploration of the disappearance of the European elm tree. In 2008 he was commissioned to take part in the New Sites New Fields Landscape Research Project. He is presently working on Townlands , creating a series of work in response to the field patterns, field names and folklore in the townlands of north Kilkenny. His work is currently showing at the Novas Scarman Arts Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool as part of the exhibition Fís 09.

    Artist Statement:

    Counihan's practice engages with the human relationship to landscape, with how it is inhabited, remembered and imagined. His work seeks to explore the need to imbue landscape with meaning and inherited notions of cultural identity, the enshrinement of memory in place and its inevitable erosion and revision.

    More information at: sculptureintheparklands.com/alan.htm

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The magnificent wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora now host some of the most innovative land and environmental sculptures in Ireland. The artists, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the bog lands, have created a series


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The magnificent wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora now host some of the most innovative land and environmental sculptures in Ireland. The artists, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the bog lands, have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of the Parklands permanent collection. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts interested in its unique flora and fauna, now enhanced by innovative works of art that change with the weather, through the seasons and the years. Come visit the Parklands and stimulate all the senses as you explore this expansive unencumbered landscape.

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