Na Fana Fuachtmhara - The Cold Hills
Material: Stainless Steel
Height: 7 M
University College Dublin
Kevin J. O'Dwyer
University College Dublin Campus
Na Fana Fuachtmhara - The Cold Hills was inspired by the incised chevron motifs found inside the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Fourknocks, Co. Meath. The chevron motif, a symbol common to many cultures throughout the world dating from the Neolithic period, is suggestive of the W-shaped constellation Cassiopera, which would have been visible through the passage tomb between 3000 BC and 2500 BC.
The sculpture incorporates this ancient symbol into a series of strong architectural forms as a contemporary play on the great standing stones found in Neolithic settlements throughout Europe. The sculpture celebrates the inter relationship between art and archaeology explored during the Sixth World Archaeology Conference at University College Dublin in 2008.