In 2011, visual artist Jackie Ball was awarded a grant by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a sculpture residency. For the last four years, Jackie has been working with the staff of the Parks Department to create ‘Fish out of Water’, a site specific sculpture constructed entirely from recycled agricultural machinery.
Seeding machines, ploughs, reapers, harrows, the old, disused, damaged and out of date machines once used by the Parks Department and long since left to rust and decay have been sorted, dismantled and transformed. Cogs, wheels, tines, axles and chains have become scales, fins, gills vertebrae and the heart of this large creature.
In welcoming this addition to the artistic landscape of the County, An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barry Saul commented:- “The work is an imaginative response to the brief, which called for a sculpture that would have a strong visual reflection on both the history of the Parks Department and the geographical location of Dún Laoghaire, sitting as it does ‘between the Mountains and the Sea’. This link can be seen in the components of the piece and in its final siting in the Deansgrange stream, in Kilbogget Park.”
Jackie Ball is an award winning visual artist living and working in Dún Laoghaire. Recycling and the manipulation of found objects continue to influence her work. Using different mediums, Jackie creates unique and individual sculptures. Jackie is the Secretary of Sculpture in Context and is part of the organising committee for their annual exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens. Her work is held in private collections in Ireland, the UK, Italy, America and New Zealand.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is happy to be in a position to provide a suitable location for this temporary sculpture piece, which will be on display within Kilbogget Park for six months.