This monument is titled "The Cashel Dancers" and is situated at the Brian Boru cultural centre at the Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary.
The sculpture was commissioned in 1991 and the artist is Rowan Gillespie, the same man who created the famine sculptures on Dublins quayside.
Gillespie is one of the most eloquent contemporary masters of Irish sculpture and is internationally renowned for his bronze sculptures of emotional themes such as The Cycle of Life, Colorado (1991), The Famine Series, Dublin (1996-97) and Ripples of Ulysses (2000). He has emerged as one of the greatest figurative sculptors in the history of Irish art and his work appears in public and private collections around the world.
The Brú Ború where this sculpture is situated is a national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green and is a home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, theatre and Celtic studies. The sculpture represents these studies well showing as it does, traditional Celtic people lost in the moment of the dance.
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saxo042 (37268) 2012-07-29 8:42
A very impressive work of art and a very good capture. You have chosen a perfect POV and balanced the composition pefectly. An interesting note!
lousat (75566) 2012-07-29 10:39
Hi Noel.It's a very recent statue but looks like very old,i like this impressive composition,usually i don't like the modern sculptures but this is very very nice and original,perfect for the situation to celebrate.Great pic whit a perfect pov,details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
PecoBud (3824) 2012-07-29 11:34
I love playful art like this, especially when it makes you laugh and feel happy. Excellent framing of the sculptures, showing fine detail and clarity, with great colors and lighting, loving your POV here Noel, great job!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California........Buddy
bukitgolfb301 (35442) 2012-07-30 0:59
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Another very significant shot!
This shot is so admirable in the points of framework and composition, also sharpness. The best choice of theblue sky as the background is remarkable. Thanks for your sharing with the finest shot and have a good start of a new week! Best regards,
Takero in Tokyo
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-07-30 7:48
I really like how the limbs kind of take over the shot here, Noel, almost providing their own framing. Really well seen and realized shot, with good interplay of light and shadow on the statue, a strong POV, and nice background colors setting the subject off. There's a bit of pixellization around the outline of the statue itself, but it's not particularly noticeable.
danos (85785) 2012-07-30 7:55
very nice the representative from the artist of this traditional Celtic dance with the people to lost in the ecstasy of the dance.
I like the presentation as the good POV showing all the passion form the dance.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
mjw364 (7340) 2012-07-30 13:11
A nice image - I like the way the arms of the dancers create traingular lines in the upper part of the image giving the image an almost graphically composed feel.
krzychu30 (15496) 2012-07-30 14:06
beautiful sculptures and also very good example how to decorate and make more interesting the urban space.You couldnīt choose a better POV to present this scene.The sculptures look amazing against the blue sky.Technically-the image has superb clarity and contrast as well as superb,vivid colors.Thanks for very interesting note explaining us the story of this sculpture.
adores (36195) 2012-07-30 17:50
I haven't seen the others, but this sculpture seems really good:)! It transmits happiness - I like it! Good pov to show the three characters!
delpeoples (53001) 2012-08-02 5:37
Gidday - again - Noel
I couldn't resist this one, especially because it's very similar to The Dancers in Strabane, Tyrone and to The Tinny Men in Stranorlar, Donegal. The tight frame works really well and you handled the harsh light so expertly. Even though the subject is still, there is a wonderful sense of movement in your photo and I like the inclusion of the beautiful coloured trees in the BG. great job, have a lovely day.
Romano46 (17516) 2013-07-03 11:11
quando riprendi delle sculture ti esprimi sempre al meglio e questa foto ne č una dimostrazione.
Il soggetto č stato ripreso da una angolazione che ne esalta la spiritualitā, la luce č perfetta ed illumina in maniera spettacolare i danzatori e aver posto come sfondo una bella porzione di cielo ha esaltato la bellezza del soggetto.
Una ripresa eseguita al meglio per la quale ti faccio i miei complimenti, che estendo anche alle note molto accurate.
Ciao e buona serata
Miguel82 (22865) 2013-12-26 8:21
Nice presentation of an artwork made by the famous Rowan Gillepsie, nice sculptures, a blue sky and fine colors in the bg, all the best Noel and happy end of the year to you and relatives
jcpix (13564) 2014-02-06 17:59
Well these are sure some lanky figures, the sculpture must have been a fan of Stretch Armstrong. :) Looking at the date this was taken, it's evident you had already developed an eye for shooting these subjects. It's certainly a well framed shot, taking the extremities to the edges of the frame and filling the negative space.
Traditional dance poses, or sheer jubilation that the guy on the right just scored the winning goal? It looks like the formation of the arms and his leg is in the shape of a "W" for the win...so it stands to reason, yeah? :)
It's a piece full of life and expression, and you've captured that sentiment with this positioning and composition. I have two left feet, so dancing is not something I can pull off...I'll simply leave it to the good folks here who seem to enjoy it. Just one question though, do you think dyslexic people have difficulty dancing to "Y.M.C.A?" lol Enjoy the new day.
Cheers from dusty dry desert,