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Flow” – A New Public Artwork for the M7M8 Motorway

Published: 16th April 2013

The newly installed artwork “Flow” by artist Eileen MacDonagh at Clonkeen, Portlaoise was provided under the Per Cent for Art Scheme in association with the M7 Portlaoise - Castletown/M8 Portlaoise - Cullahill PPP Motorway Scheme led by Laois County Council, under the auspices of the National Roads Authority.

Following a two stage open competition the Art Project was awarded to Eileen MacDonagh, Skerries House, Athy, Co Kildare.

The vision for this project was to commission an original and permanent artwork that reflects contemporary art practice and responds to the locale.

“Flow” takes its inspiration from the aerial view of the River Nore as it twists and turns and meanders its way through the local landscape. The sculpture is 3m high and 2.8m wide and is carved in limestone from Three Castles, Co Kilkenny, where coincidently the River Nore flows too. It was made in McKeons stone yard in Stradbally.

The Sculptor
Eileen MacDonagh was born in Sligo and has worked as a sculptor since the early 1980s. Her most recent exhibition entitled “Lithosphere” was displayed in the Visual, Carlow. She has participated in Sculpture Symposia all over the world and has completed almost 20 public art commissions around Ireland. In 2004 she was elected to the Aosdána and stands as one of the country's pre eminent artists working with stone. MacDonagh lives and works in Athy, Co Kildare.

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