materials: ceramic, bronze, yew, copper sheet, glass
techniques: bronze casting, laser cut copper, printed ceramic, cast glass, turned wood
dimensions: 3.6 x 0.9 m each
brief: Major artwork for the waiting area
commissioned by: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
‘Encircle’ is based on the history and archaeology of the surrounding area especially the Stone Circles at Ballynoe, the circular ring forts in the area and the hoard of gold bracelets found in Co. Down.
The artwork echoes many aspects of thousands of years of habitation in Co. Down and uses drawings of artifacts in Downpatrick Museum as decoration on the ceramic pebbles which make up part of the circular design. The artwork combines traditional techniques of wood turning, lustre firing, bronze casting and smoke firing with quirky images of ancient artifacts.