In April 2012, I shared a piece of sculpture that I found in Dublin. I called it a mystery hand. At the time I was unable to discover any information about the work or of the sculptor.
The sculpture stands in the grounds of the Department of Education, in front of Tyrone House in Marlborough Street, Dublin.
Last week I discovered the correct title and the name of the sculptor.
The Wishing Hand ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Linda Brunker.
Linda Brunker was born in Dublin, Ireland.
She studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and received a degree in Fine Art, Sculpture – 1988 & a Diploma in fine art, Sculpture – 1987.
The Bronze Wishing Hand is solid and impressive at 63 x 110 x 55 inches. Almost inviting the viewer to climb up and curl into the open palm.
In some of her sculptures she resists the solidity of bronze, creating spaces which open up the pieces, letting air and light flow through them. The female form is delicately conjured out of leaves that appeared to be blown into shape by the wind. They have the feeling of being accidental, transitory or momentary. This sense of lightness is enhanced by their overall compositional structure, where the entire piece is often balanced on a single point. There is a sense of nature in the way they have been composed into flowing shapes which echo the rhythms of wind, fire and water.
“My work comes from a place where art, science, nature and the human spirit meet…..”
Her bronze sculptures have been exhibited in Ireland and abroad and are present in several private and corporate collections. She has received several awards. You can check out her other works in the link above.
It’s a fabulous sculpture. As you say, you just want to climb up and curl into it, it looks so inviting. No doubt a small child would want to walk along the top.
Nick, I was tempted, but wondered how I would get down to the ground again!
What a beautiful sculpture. I would love to see her other sculptures.
Gigi, check out her link above there is one in Hawaii.
What a wonderful sculpture. Thanks so much for sharing it.
DM, it has stayed with me for two years and I have tried many channels to discover more about it.
Interesting piece… interesting setting.
Mike there is plenty of space around the work and although behind railings, it can be seen clearly from the road.
As soon as I saw this sculpture I thought back to an expression my old Irish Granny used to say to me when I was a child.
If I ever said, “Granny McGarvey, I wish I had this or that” she would snap back at me and scream ” Wish in one hand and pee in the other and see which one gets filled up first.”
😆 Nancy L, that is a tale I never heard before!
I would love to have the sculpture in my living room ~ a perfect chair to accommodate any number of moods.
Nancy, you would need a large room, The hand is 63 x 110 x 55 inches!
A nice living room chair? Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your vignettes of the local sculpture.
Dianne, being made from bronze it would be a rather cold chair.
Gorgeous, powerful pieces, thanks for this 🙂
I am so pleased I discovered who the sculptor was and found more information about her other works.
Beautiful and calming…
Yes. It did have a calming effect.
Fantastic imagination and excellent execution of the idea.
Ramana, I am glad that I did not give up on my search for an answer.