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Liam O'Neill Wood Sculpture
20, Aug 2009 - 07:32

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An outdoor exhibition of wood sculpture, by renowned craftsman Liam O’Neill, is now open in the beautiful grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar. Featuring ten unique works, which were selected to complement the stunning grounds of Turlough Park, this exhibition has been created to mark Liam O’Neill’s work as a craftsman over the past 40 years.

Liam O’Neill’s love of wood is evident in the beauty and creativity of these ten outdoor pieces at Turlough Park. Liam only uses trees that have been felled due to old age or natural disaster which he transforms into works of art. He is following a trade created by the ingenuity of our earliest ancestors, as evidenced by the wooden cauldrons in the National Museum of Ireland’s collections that date back to the Iron Age, c.500 B.C.
One of the sculptures on display in the grounds of Turlough House

Before the prevalence of plastic in our everyday lives, the woodturner was essential for making many of our domestic utensils. He also turned his lathe to form tools for himself and other craftworkers. A display of the woodturner’s craft can be seen in the Museum Galleries at Turlough Park.

The oak and redwood used for these turned wood sculptures survived for hundreds of years and live again through the creative expression of Liam O’ Neill.

The grounds at Turlough Park, exceptionally maintained by Mayo County CouncilLinks to external website, provide a wonderful amenity for visitors to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. This exhibition enhances for all the enjoyment of the garden trails and walks. Enjoy the continuity of nature and life through sculpture in this feast for the eyes and the senses!

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Opening times: Tues-Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 2-5pm.

The exhibition continues until September 2009

Closed Mondays (incl. Bank Holidays).

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