Short-listed: Shamrock Plaza, Carlow town

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I didn’t win the Shamrock Plaza, Carlow public Art competition. In retrospect, I think I was lucky not to have won it as it was a very tight time frame (2 months) and the site for the sculpture was very busy (visually). I think it would have been too rushed and complex for my first commission.

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Anyway, I learnt  a lot, especially with my Second stage Submission and Display. The maquettes were put on display in the Shamrock plaza building and the public could vote on it.  Due to a misunderstanding the plinth for my maquette was made very low and my display was very poor compared to the very slick display boards of the other four short listed artists. I was the only artists shortlists of the Rep of Ireland (the rest being English, Scottish and Northern Irish).

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My Display                                                                      The Opening

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Martin Lyttle is a recognised Irish stone sculptor. With a sensitivity to the local lithology of an area, Martin works only with local Irish stone from quarries or found stone. He is interested in organic shapes and forms especially those found in nature. Much of his work is hand-polished so his works are wonderful to touch and hold. His work has been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibitions and he has completed large scale public and private commissions. He is a member of FORM designmade in Carlow and the Blackstairs 9 Stones Artists Groups.

One thought on “Short-listed: Shamrock Plaza, Carlow town”

  1. Hi Martin, – I love this photo of the piece with the light shining through it. It looks amazing. Reminds me a bit of the ‘split rock’ at Easky, Co. Sligo. The light brings out a kind of Newgrange/Tara type feeling about the work.


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