Maghery Bronze (Day 42 Photo A Day 2012)

My brother Frankie  and I were out on the bikes for the first time this year and did a brisk 15 miles along the shores of Lough Neagh near the village of Maghery County Armagh. This public sculpture piece is at Maghery and was commissioned a few years ago as part of a project called “Art in The Wetlands” by the local council. The sculpture consists of two 7ft tall standing, over life-size and interlocking bronze figures holding four 12ft long iroka timber oars, each of which pointing in one direction of the compass. It explores navigation and traditional boats on Lough Neagh.  The artist is Holger Christian Lönze, an established bronze sculptor and artist based near Ballydehob in West Cork.  He trained as a furniture maker before studying architecture in Detmold and lithography and sculpture at Queens University in Belfast. He is a native of Schmallenberg Westphalia in Germany.

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