Archive for October, 2009

Stone Shopping

On Wednesday 7th October, I went to Three Castles Quarry at Threecastles, Co. Kilkenny. It is approximately half way between Freshford and Kilkenny City. I went with a friend who is a well known and highly respected sculptor and she introduced me to the quarry manager and advised me on the best stone for carving.  We looked at the already cut blocks of stone to see if any were suitable.

There will be two parts to the scuplture, the main piece (the two joined/twinned cherries) and a separate smaller piece (the single cherry).  I estimated the measurements of a block for the larger piece would need to 1.8m x 1.3m x 1.2m and for the smaller 1.2m x 1.0m x 1.0m. We selected a number of possiblities to be priced.


Three Castles Quarry – the main quarry face with large blocks of limestone being cut from the quarry face.


The prosessing area where blocks are cut for paving slabs


Cut blocks of limestone


Possible block for the twin cherries


Possibble block for single cherry


More blocks!!


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At the begining of the summer I was informed by Wexford Co. Council Arts Department that I had won the percent for Art Commision for Cherryorchard Housing scheme. This was a great thrill for me. This is the first commission that I have won so it was tinged with slight nervousness. The letter said I had won the competition, however, it was not an offer of the commission. I had to first ensure I was tax compliant and insured and I had to agree to various conditions of Wexford Co. Council’s before the Contract could be issued and signed.

On 18th September 2009 I recieved the signed Contract. So, officially I was ready to go.

This blog is now my record of how the commission is progressing, the sculpting process and the installation process. The sculpture will be commissioned on the 30th April 2010.  I will also produce a book (mainly based on this blog) as part of the commission. Any comments are welcome especially from residents of Enniscorthy and in particular those in Cherryorchard II.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to Sinead Redmond and all those in the Arts Department of Wexford Co. Council.


Stone Maquette (unfinished) submitted to show general form and texture of proposed sculpture

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