A giant version of one of Ireland’s most iconic sculptures, Patrick O’Reilly’s Wolfhound, is to be unveiled at the country’s top art fair.
The 2m-high bronze Wolfhound, worth €110,000, will form the centrepiece of a unique sculpture garden featuring over 45 top Irish and international artists at the Gormleys stand at Art Source, running from Friday to Sunday. (Nov 11-13).
Over 15,000 visitors to the show at Dublin’s RDS will also see an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst, the world’s wealthiest living artist, who recently burned hundreds of his artworks live online.
O’Reilly’s Wolfhound is arguably the most iconic Irish sculpture of recent times and is hugely popular wherever it is displayed.
“The wolfhound is a giant amongst dogs and deserved to be made into a giant sculpture,” said O’Reilly.
“Nothing represents Ireland better than the gentle quality of our nature and this is reflected in how I have visualised the wolfhound.
“They are the tallest dogs in the world but also have the sweetest nature and any country would be proud to have it as a symbol.”
O’Reilly was inspired to create the series after reading about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who loved Ireland and was always photographed with Irish wolfhounds at her feet.
Gormleys indoor sculpture garden will also feature works by renowned sculptors such as Patrick O’Reilly, Salvador Dali, Giacinto Bosco, Ian Pollock, Eamonn Ceannt, Bob Quinn, Anthony Scott and Sandra Bell.
A substantial exhibition of Hirst’s work will also be shown at the Gormleys stand at Art Source.
Hirst live-streamed the burning of hundreds of his artworks after collectors chose to keep their non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain-based assets representing their digital images, instead.
Collectors had to choose between keeping the NFT, which reportedly sold for €2,000, or swapping it for the physical artwork.
A total of 160 of the best contemporary Irish and international artists and galleries will gather at the show.
“Art Source offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a one-off affordable original artwork to make their home unique and also the opportunity to meet the artists and hear about their work,” said show organiser, Patrick O’Sullivan.
“The event is where the industry meets to see what is going on in the Irish art world, and this year is our biggest yet, with the widest range of art styles anywhere in Ireland.
“The reason the show is growing so much is the quality of the exhibitors. Irish people are interested in arts and culture at heart, and, once they see it, many people make a point of returning to the fair annually.”
Art lovers have the unique chance to get their hands on 100 pieces of original artwork for €100 each on a first-come, first-served basis on the opening morning of the show – November 11.
The show will also feature Source Your Own Art: a free children’s pop-up art workshop where youngsters are invited to express themselves creatively in response to the art they see at the fair.
Admission is €10 adults, with children under-16 free once accompanied by a parent or guardian. Opening times: Nov 11: 11am-9pm, Nov 12 and 13: 10am-6pm. See Artsource.ie.
Featured Image: Annabelle Gormley, four, pictured with the giant version of Patrick O’Reilly’s Wolfhound, which will be unveiled as part of a unique sculpture garden at Art Source in Dublin’s RDS, running from November 11-13.
Picture: Holly Carr
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