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The Marker Tree

Artist Name(s) Andreas Kopp
Artwork title The Marker Tree
Description

The Marker Tree, installed in 2011, is a highly visible landmark sculpture on the N7, Co Dublin at the Kingswood interchange, which can be viewed up close and from a distance. Its bright colours are eye-catching by day and by night it is gracefully illuminated. It was commissioned to be enjoyed by both travellers and residents. A very distinctive gateway piece, it marks an entrance into South Dublin County. Based on the outline of a tree, the Marker Tree comprises an industrial style “trunk”, embellished with brightly multi-coloured steel perforated “cushions” in place of branches and leaf clusters. The idea marks the merging of rural and urban boundaries which are key to the identity of the county. 

Mediation

"Natural Desires" an essay by Chris Fite–Wassilak, published "In Context 3 - Essays".

Biographies

Born in Amsterdam, Andreas Kopp is based in German. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, and alongside his artistic work, he teaches at various German art schools. One-person shows include “Continental Drift” at Museum Arolsen, “Redemption Song”, Basel, and “Gobelin # 5”, Galleria Borgogno, Milan. He has undertaken several collaborations with architects, and a number of private and public commissions, some permanent (designing Europe´s largest indoor event hall, the Cologne Arena), others temporary, such as his installation entitled "Tableau vivant /16:9 for Four Rivers", Kassel. 

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name In Context 3, South Dublin Co Co
Commissioning process Open Competition
Project commission dates July 21, 2006 - November 19, 2011
Partners The National Roads Authority.
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By South Dublin County Council,Other
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 70000 - 150000 euro
Project commission start date 21/07/2006
Project commission end date 19/11/2011
Location N7 - Kingswood interchange
County Dublin
Town Kingswood
Street Address The N7 and Outer Ring Road, at the Kingswood Interchange
Website http://www.southdublin.ie/artsworks/viewwork.aspx?id=47
Content contributor(s) Web editor
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

The sculpture was fabricated by Ferrum Lassercut, and the lighting was by Studio Dinniber. SDCC Engineer: Michael McAdam, Roads Dept, South Dublin County Council. Consultant engineers;Kavanagh Mansfield & Partners