Title: Bo Bainne
Artist: Lynn Kirkham, Greenmantle
Location: Moorepark Fermoy, Junction 14, M8, Kilworth, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Bo Bainne, a work commissioned and sited in 2015 by Teagasc celebrates the importance of diary farming in Ireland and highlights the newly developed Teagasc’s Dairy Research Centre at Moorpark.
The work is representative and slightly larger than life, made from bog oak and steel plate. Bog oak is the remnants of the ancient forests of Ireland. Buried in the peaty earth, for thousands of years, the wood preserves, becoming blackened, dense and hard like ebony. It comes to the surface and is revealed during turf cutting and land reclamation for farming. Many hours of work are involved in processing wood from the bogs, often drawing out huge trunks and root structures with machines. The wood is then hewn into workable pieces and cleaned by hand using natural elements and simple home made tools. The artist selected pieces of bog oak, carefully using the natural knots and twists to suggest muscle, bone and skin. The sculpture depicts the bony, framed working animals, perpetually plodding in for milking with heads lowered and udders full. Lynn Kirkham is a well-commissioned artist who works in a variety of media. Her public art include works in bronze, stone, scrap metal, steel, concrete, wood and willow and is sited all over Ireland.
Lynn works from her Greenmantle Arts Studio in County Tipperary, for further information see www.lynnkirkham.net