Artist Name(s) Rachel Joynt
Artwork title Mothership
Context/Background Mothership was commissioned in 1998 through an open competition which fell under the Per for Art Scheme for the Dun Laoghaire Drainage Scheme. The work is sited in Newtownsmith; between Dun Laoghaire and Glasthule. It has over time become an iconic and popular work that has captured public imagination. Its scale and form leads itself to inter-action, as its is possible to climb into the body of the shell.


The work, made of cast bronze and stainless steel, depicts a sea urchin positioned on its side and suspended in motion leaving a trail of metal silver droplets.

It is as if the sea urchin has been thrown up onto the shore by a wave. Positioned at a slight angle, we can follow the moving sea urchin's tracks - small stainless steel discs - as it spins to a halt, and surprisingly remains upright.

The sea urchin is a confident statement of clear sea water, made possible by Dun Laoghaire Drainage Scheme. On a more subtle level the diameter chosen for the piece is the same diameter that is used in the tunnelling and pipe construction involved in the Drainage Scheme.

The work is positioned to allow the viewer to look through it and out to open sea.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Project commission dates January 1, 1998 - January 7, 1999
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council
Percent for art Yes
Project commission start date 01/01/1998
Project commission end date 07/01/1999
County Dublin
Town Dun Laoghaire
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Content contributor(s) Ciara King
Relationship to project Public Art Programme Administrator



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