Sculpture in Context at the Botanical Gardens 2021

In its 35th year, Sculpture in Context is held in the oasis of calm and peace that is the Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.  Run by the OPW every year and according to them is the ‘longest-running, largest and most important sculpture exhibition in the country, this pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar attracts a large public and critical audience and is the cultural highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar’.

Sculpture in Context in the Botanical gardens

If you fancy a relaxing walk in this beautiful space with wonderful and inspiring art of over 140 artists around every corner, then this would be the place to visit and explore.  The exhibition runs until the 15th of October so there is still time to see it in situ and it is free of charge to visit.  A total of 164 pieces are being shown at the exhibition both outdoors and indoors. This year again there are several Feltmakers Ireland members taking part at.  Annika Berglund, Fiona Leech and Ramona Farrelly all have pieces at the show.  Most of the pieces are being shown outdoors but both Annika and Fiona have also have pieces in the gallery space. Fiona’s piece is a triptych made from sustainable merino wool fibre and is shaped into three different size pods.  Her process involved wet felting the pods themselves and then needle felting the bright yellow spots and tendrils on once the pods had been shaped and dried.  These additions to the pods are a nod to nature’s strength to find its way and take over. Fiona used colours and blends of wool to reflect the natural environment.  Her beautiful piece can be seen at the gallery which can be booked here:

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Felt Pod Triptych – Fiona Leech

Annika has two separate pieces, a wall panel piece indoors at the gallery (fig.2) and another piece made of multiple-coloured butterflies hanging in one of the rhododendron trees along the outdoor sculpture route

Verdant – felted wool wall panel – Annika Berglund

Annika’s second piece consists of a set of nine butterflies, three of which have already sold through the exhibition.  The butterflies are wet felted over a metal armature and have been waterproofed for outdoor hanging with stiffener material.  They are of varying colours and would brighten up anyone’s outdoor space as can be seen from this picture.

Butterflies – Felt over metal armature – Annika Berglund

Ramona’s piece is also located outdoors.  Her piece Akashic hangs in amongst the ferns and sculptures in the Mill Field area by the river. It is a small structure composed of 11 felted wool tablets which have been stiffened with waterproofing medium and painted with various coloured pigments. The whole piece was then strung together with rope constructed of tree bark.

felted wool stiffened and coloured – Ramona Farrelly

There is lots of interest for any visitor to this exhibition and it may require several visits to see all the work in detail, but even if only some of it is seen, it is a wonderful way to spend some time in the lap of nature whilst also experiencing the creative juices of the artists taking part.

Some of the other works that can be seen at the show include the following:

Hybrid – Ceramic and Metal – Michelle Maher
Of Woman Born – Ceramic – Jen Donnery

There is Life in this Autumn Breeze – Stone, Mirror – Sunny Wieler
Shape Shifting Dynamic – Ceramic and Mirror – Agata Lipianin
Close Whisper – Irish Larch – Sara Cunningham-Bell
Delinquescence I – Acrylic Resin and Mixed Media – Ayelet Lalor
12  Harvest – Weathering steel – Kevin Pierce
The Souls of the Trees, Ebony and Oak – Ceramic on Wood Base – Merce Canadell
 

Map of the Botanical Gardens.

Sculpture in Context 2021 | National Botanic Gardens of Ireland