Connect with us

art

Wave Form Sculpture rehomed at Hunt Museum Garden

Published

on

The Wave Form Sculpture Restored by Limerick City and County Council and Rehomed at Hunt Museum Garden. Eileen Coleman, Limerick City and County Council, with wife and son of the late artist Jim Flavin, Rosemary and Michael Flavin, and Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell and Jill Cousins, former Director and CEO of the Hunt Museum admiring Wave Form. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson

The Wave Form sculpture, created by Limerick-born artist Jim Flavin (1961 – 2004) has been unveiled at its new location in the Hunt Museum Garden

Wife and son of the late artist Jim Flavin, Rosemary and Michael Flavin with Wave Form. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson

Wave Form was created during the Limerick Sculpture Symposium 1987, organised by the Sculptor’s Society of Ireland and funded by Limerick Corporation and the Arts Council.

The sculpture was originally located on Merchant’s Quay, opposite the Potato Market, which was relatively free of other structures in 1987, lending itself to showcasing this artwork. However, this site became less suitable over time by the evolving usage of the urban site.

In collaboration with the Flavin family, Limerick City and County Council had the sculpture repaired and reconditioned and the limestone plinth replaced with Wicklow granite.  The sculpture has been relocated to the Hunt Garden, where it will join its companion pieces from the symposium including “Poised Portal” in limestone and “Sweeney’s Throne” in stainless steel/limestone.


advertisement



This repair project was funded by the Per Cent for Art scheme under Housing/Regeneration Capital Projects in Limerick 2012 – 2019 and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell unveiled the sculpture at its new location in the Hunt Garden in the presence of Jim Flavin’s wife Rosemary and son Michael.

Mayor Mitchell commented: “Jim Flavin’s contributions to public art in Dublin and Limerick remain enduring testaments to his talent. Today’s event is particularly special as it represents a heartfelt collaboration between the Flavin family and Limerick City and County Council.

“At the request of Rosemary and family, the sculpture has been meticulously repaired and reconditioned, ensuring that Jim’s artistic vision continues to inspire future generations.”

Rosemary Flavin spoke of the family’s delight on seeing the Wave Form sculpture restored, saying, “As a family we are very grateful to Limerick City and County Council for ensuring that this sculpture was given the love and care that was required to bring it back to its original condition. It gives me great pleasure to know that ‘Wave Form’ can be enjoyed by the public in the beautiful and appropriate setting of the Hunt Museum Sculpture Garden.”

Rosemary added, “Jim’s fascination with bronze led him to produce work that on one hand shows the strength and power of the material, while on the other hand celebrates the fluidity of molten bronze in flowing harmonious lines.”

Find out more here
Read more culture news here

The Wave Form sculpture, created by Limerick born artist Jim Flavin has been unveiled at its new location in the Hunt Museum Garden
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell unveiling of the Wave Form Sculpture that has been re-located to the Hunt Garden, in Limerick City.. Wife and son of the late artist Jim Flavin, Rosemary and Michael Flavin with Kathy Ryan and Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell admiring Wave Form. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.