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
|Commissioner Name||Lir Academy|
|Commissioning process||Limited Competition|
|Project commission dates||January 1, 2011 - December 17, 2011|
|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.
|Associated professionals / Specialists involved||
Curated by Ruairi O Cuiv
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.