New twist on old tyres is a win­ner for Mick

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WEST Kerry artist Mick Davis has won a pres­ti­gious award for his work, ‘Le Poete’ (pic­tured) which is cur­rently on dis­play at the Sculp­ture in Con­text ex­hi­bi­tion in the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens in Glas­nevin, Dublin.

Now in its 16th year, Sculp­ture in Con­text is Ire­land’s largest out­door sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing the work of well-es­tab­lished and promis­ing up-and-com­ing artists from Ire­land and abroad.

Although Mick is well known for his work as a stone sculp­tor, he has more re­cently adopted old tyres as his pre­ferred medium. “I looked at piles of old tyres be­ing dis­carded and won­dered if it would be pos­si­ble to make sculp­ture out of them,” said Mick. The ex­per­i­ment has proved a great suc­cess and the re­sult­ing sculp­tures have been ex­hib­ited in Féile na Beal­taine and as far away as Ham­burg.

Mick has three pieces in the Sculp­ture in Con­text ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs from Septem­ber 7 to Oc­to­ber 20 at the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens.

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