A giant version of one of Ireland’s most famous sculptures, Patrick O’Reilly’s Irish Wolfhound, will make its first public appearance at an art fair.
The two-metre bronze Wolfhound, worth €110,000, will form the center of a unique sculpture garden featuring more than 45 leading Irish and international artists at the Gormley pavilion in Art Source, running from Friday to Sunday.
More than 15,000 exhibition visitors at Dublin’s RDS will also see an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst, the world’s richest artist, who recently burned hundreds of his artworks online.
O’Reilly’s Wolfhound is arguably the most famous Irish sculpture of recent times and is extremely popular wherever it is displayed.
O’Reilly said: ‘The wolf is a giant among dogs and deserves to be made into a giant sculpture.
“Nothing represents Ireland better than the gentle quality of our nature and this is reflected in the way I envision wolves.
“They are the tallest dogs in the world but also have the sweetest nature and any country would be proud to have it as an icon.”
O’Reilly was inspired to create this series after reading about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who loved Ireland and was always photographed with Irish wolves at her feet.
Gormley’s indoor sculpture garden will also feature works by renowned sculptors such as 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 on display at Gormley’s booth at Art Source.
Hirst livestreamed the burning of hundreds of his artworks after collectors chose to retain non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain-based assets that represent digital images of surname.
Collectors have to choose between keeping the NFT, which is said to sell for 2,000 euros, or exchanging it for actual artwork.
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A total of 160 of the best Irish and international contemporary artists and galleries will gather at the exhibition.
“Art Source offers visitors the opportunity to purchase an affordable piece of original art to make their home unique and also an opportunity to meet artists and hear about their work. them,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, the show’s organizer.
Art lovers have a unique chance to get their hands on 100 original works of art for €100 each on a first-come, first-served basis on the show’s opening morning on Friday.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/giant-bronze-wolfhound-worth-110000-to-stand-sentry-at-rds-art-fairs-sculpture-garden-42123476.html A giant bronze wolf worth €110,000 stands guard at the sculpture garden of the RDS . art fair