Eye Witness

Artist Name(s) Remco de Fouw
Artwork title Eye Witness

On the approach to Ballina, the N26 cuts through a hill, leaving the "Rath" of Ballynaraha perched on one half; a thicket of whitethorn and hawthorn. Eye Witness is placed on the other half of the hill across the road and faces towards the Rath, as if listening, or in communication with the Ancient and mysterious feature. The pattern etched in the bronze is conceived to "reflect" the tangled but strangely symmetrical patterns of branches and growth of the Rath and the bronze reflects light, particularly in bright sunlight.


Remco de Fouw is an artist based in rural Carlow, Ireland. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a first class honors Degree in Fine Art Sculpture (1991). Currently, public art commissions make up the main body of his work. Among these are Quintessometry at Waterford Regional Hospital; First Conundrum at Festival square, Edinburgh International Conference Center; Gods Navel at Charlotte plc Southampton; Silent Witness at Meath county buildings, Ashbourne; Eye Witness at the N26 Ballina and A fracture of time, Castleblaney bombing Memorial Co. Monaghan.

Remco has had six solo exhibitions to date, at The Project Arts Centre, 1994; The Limerick City Gallery, 1994; Temple Bar galleries, 1997; The Model Arts centre Sligo, 1998; The Kevin Kavanagh gallery, 2002; The Atlantic gallery Clifden, 2003. He exhibits regularly with the R.H.A annual show and with various shows around the country; most recently with Perspective '03 at the Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast; Eigse, Carlow; Forty Shades of Green at The Glucksman gallery Cork and Common Ground at Greenan Mill for Kilkenny Arts Week.

He has also received various awards including the Alexandra Weijchert Sculpture Award 1998 and a number of Arts Council bursaries.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Mayo County Council
Project commission dates June 21, 2006 - January 31, 2007
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Other
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 21/06/2006
Project commission end date 31/01/2007
Location N26 (Ballina to Bohola)
County Mayo
Content contributor(s) Gaynor Seville
Relationship to project Public Art Co-ordinator



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