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  • The National Gallery of Ireland – The Making and Mastery of ‘Magnus Modus’

    A free public talk with Joseph Walsh, Joseph Walsh Studio, and Peter Flynn, ARUP

    National Gallery of Ireland

    Sunday 1st October, 3pm.

     Joseph Walsh, the internationally renowned Irish designer, will give a public talk on his stunning sculpture, ‘Magnus Modus’ in the National Gallery of Ireland on Sunday 1st October at 3pm. Joseph will be joined in conversation with Peter Flynn, Director of Consulting Engineers at ARUP, to talk about the making and mastery of ‘Magnus Modus’. All welcome. Admission is free.

    Joseph Walsh’s large scale, seven metre tall, free-form sculpture was commissioned by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The meticulously crafted curved sculpture is now a permanent feature of the new Courtyard in the refurbished National Gallery of Ireland.

    Assembled and designed in Joseph Walsh Studio in County Cork, Magnus Modus is made of multiple layers of laminated olive ash wood. Resting upon a small Kilkenny limestone base, Magnus Modus delineates space in its slender aspect, stationed on a tiny footprint, reaching upwards and then outwards. As the sculpture ascends, it becomes lighter and reacts to subtle changes in atmosphere.  It creates surrounding spaces, shadows and delicate lines of movement, thereby transforming the viewer into an actor by its responsive presence.