New Public Art Commission for the Banks

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal Co Co is delighted to announce the completion of a new public artwork for Balbriggan. The work titled ‘The Banks’ is by Fingal artist Sean Molloy and is located at the prominent coastal site of the same name in Balbriggan.

The work has been made possible through collaboration with Iarnród Éireann, Balbriggan and Our Balbriggan team. The artist was commissioned through the council’s Infrastructure programme under its Buildings and Public Spaces Strand.  He explained:

“The original painting measures 5 x 8 ft and took about 18 months to complete. I referenced the marine paintings of the 17th Dutch masters and also later work by 19th century artists.

“I wanted to create an immersive experience for the viewer, to give the feeling that they were on location standing on the grassy embankment looking out to sea. In order to mimic the atmospheric effects employed by the master marine painters, I sourced traditional painting materials as used by the old masters.”

The publication ‘Balbriggan, A History of the Millennium’ published by Balbriggan and District Historical Society (1999) provided a great grounding in the town’s history and also a backdrop to the various topographical features that he observed while working on the painting, “particularly the lighthouse and the nearby Martello tower”.

The Banks is currently on view at the Banks from this month; another local artist and painter Dave West is already working on another art piece. See www.fingalarts.ie

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