An Droichead

An Droichead  ~ Galvanised Steel & Coloured Fused Glass
: Patricia Lavery

This work sits atop a railway bridge at An Droichead Cultural Centre, Lower Ormeau Road in Belfast. The 2.5 metre steel sculpture is made up of two reinforced galvanised steel arcs intercepting at a central point, cradling a piece of circular coloured fused glass.

The artists worked closely with a variety of community groups in the area, including Irish language, Chinese, African and Caribbean groups, as well as residents from both the lower Ormeau and Donegall Pass, to create a multi-cultural art piece which would capture the ethos of the area.

Patricia Lavery has carried out art projects in numerous communities throughout Northern Ireland. She produces innovative public sculptures involving and co-ordinating a variety of community groups.

In 2002 she established the company Compass Glass North in partnership with Tracey McVerry specialising in kiln formed glass which produced this sculpture.

12 thoughts on “An Droichead

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Ramana – I found that one when a certain Toyboy tried to lead me astray! 😉

    Dianne – Glass art has had a revival in recent years. I must watch for more of it.

    Gigi – I realise I am the world’s worst person at spelling and grammar, but in this case I was using intercepting thus: to include (part of a curve, surface, or solid) between two points, curves, or surfaces – the part of a circumference intercepted between two radii.

  2. wisewebwoman

    I think what also needs to be mentioned is that An Droichead (Irish language – Gaeilge) means “A Bridge” which is particularly relevant in this case as it is used to signify cultural connection.

    Lovely story.


  3. Grannymar Post author

    WWW – Yes, I probably should have mentioned that An Droichead means a Bridge, but since it was on the plaque in the bottom photo, I just got lazy.

  4. Debra

    How beautiful! I am particularly impressed by the idea of artists working so closely together and achieving such a beautiful end result. Art isn’t always a successful cooperative endeavor! So lovely…Debra

  5. Maxi

    Stunning and innovative! Maybe I will get to see it one day. If there is one place I could visit in my lifetime it will be Ireland.
    Blessings – Maxi

  6. Grannymar Post author

    Maxi – It would be wonderful to see you in Ireland. Do you think that you might manage to bring some fine weather? 😉


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