Over the summer months, Arts for Health participants at Dunmanway Community Hospital worked with artist Michael Greenlaw to brighten up the hospital’s garden with this glorious glass sculpture.
The theme of ‘birds in the garden’ ignited discussions around different bird species, with participants drawing images on paper and recalling poems, songs, and sayings about birds. Residents recalled the distinctive call of the Corncrake and spoke about how it was in danger of becoming extinct because of mechanised farming. The artwork’s imagery evolved to embrace flower motifs, as well as GAA county colours.
Through working collaboratively, participants learned various techniques to create glass artwork using fused and painted glass, and completed a series of small panels which were brought together to form one piece.
The sculpture now stands amongst the garden’s flowers and shrubs, and catches the light beautifully on a sunny day.