Units of Potential

Artist Name(s) Alice Rekab
Artwork title Units of Potential
Context/Background The Lir is the National Academy of Dramatic Art and trains young actors, designers, directors, playwrights, stage managers and theatre technicians to the highest international standards for careers in the theatre and allied professions. As part of its ambition the Lir Academy invited Alice Rekab to produce a new sculpture as part of a tri-annual public art commission.

A large-site specific installation on the facade of the new Lir Academy building on Pearse St, Dublin 2 comprising of a series of bright green spheres and hemispheres which appear to be bubbling out from the building.

 “This sculpture speaks to the curious relationship between artistic brilliance and the academy, understanding The LIR Academy as a place not just for the development of skills but for the germination of talent. Each sphere suggests an egg, a unit of pure potential, like a kind of luminous creative excrescence that is supported by the building yet pushes the boundaries of its designated space, as it multiplies and climbs to the limit of the building’s parameters, stretching over the building’s edge, reaching upwards towards the sky. The work is lit sustainably and requires no electricity as it produces its light from a chemistry derived from natural non-toxic rare earth minerals.” 

Medium : Fiberglass

Dimensions: 5m x 12m 






Commission Type Other
Commissioner Name Lir Academy
Commissioning process Limited Competition
Project commission dates January 1, 2011 - December 17, 2011
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Other
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 01/01/2011
Project commission end date 17/12/2011

Lir Academy, National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2.
County Dublin
Town Dublin
Website www.thelir.ie
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Curated by Ruairi O Cuiv



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