Artist Name(s) Vivienne Roche
Artwork title Flow

A relief sculpture made of handmade glass, bronze and plaster commissioned as part of the construction of the new county hall in Swords, County Dublin. The architecturally ambitious building demanded artworks to match its unique presence and so it was agreed that artists would be invited to the building, given access to expertise from architects and engineers and come up with a proposal for the building.

Vivienne Roche was selected to design a piece for the Council's chamber. This relief sculpture is made of hand made glass, bronze and plaster. The theme is flow, the flow of information in the Council chamber and it is based on a shoreline in Garristown, Co. Cork. It also brings in the theme of water, Swords meaning source, originally a holy well at the back of the town. Flow is also the largest glass sculpture in Ireland.


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Born in Cork in 1953, Vivienne Roche studied at the Crawford College of Art and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has participated in international group exhibitions in France, Finland, Sweden, England, and the U.S. The Amen of Calm Waters formed part of the exhibition at the Irish pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hamburg. Tidal Erotics, a collaboration with composer John Buckley was shown at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin in 1999, and subsequently appeared in various national venues. Flow is one of the artist's major commissions and covers 140 square metres (2002); other public works include Wave Shadow for the Dublin Dental Hospital (1999) and Plumb Line for Dublin Corporation (1995). The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, exhibited her work in 2000, and the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo held a solo show in 2003. She lives in Co. Cork.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Fingal County Council
Commissioning process Limited competition
Artform Visual Arts,Architecture
Funded By Fingal County Council
Budget Range 70000 - 150000 euro
Location Council Chamber, County Hall
County Dublin
Town Swords
Street Address Main Street
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Content contributor(s) Caroline Cowley
Relationship to project Mediator, Keeper
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Rory O'Byrne, Arts Officer

David O'Connor, County Architect, now County Manager



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