Artist Name(s) Seamus Kennedy
Artwork title Saoi

Saoi (the Irish word for wisdom) is a work by artist Seamus Kennedy, commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2005 under the Lumens project.

The Lumens project invited artists to make proposals considering ideas of light / illumination for the town of Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. Seamus Kennedy's proposal involved creating a temporary artwork sited close to the sea at Sandycove. The site is a very public space, frequented by walkers and has large numbers of people passing by on a daily basis. The work consisted of three hollow translucent fibreglass forms covered with sand, each contained floodlights and gel. The boulders along the shore of Dun Laoghaire have been a witness to the passing of time.

These silent, still forms hold secrets, and given the opportunity could tell many stories. In daylight Kennedy's boulders looked like they had been cast up from the shore and as dusk approached, and throughout the night, they came alive imparting information through illuminated text. At intervals, each boulder flashed with colour.


Sculpture magazine, November 2006

Irish Examiner, 4 April 2006 (image used to illustrate public art feature)

Donegal Democrat, 30 March 2006

Anna Livia FM, interview with Seamus Kennedy and Ciara King, April 2006.


Seamus Kennedy studied at Dún Laoghaire College of Art and received a B.A. in Industrial Design and Design History at Staffordshire University. 

Seamus is a member of the groups Saothar Ealaíon and An Cosán Glas, which conduct public art and children's art workshops. He is very involved in the Earagail Arts Festival. Seamus has exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Project commission dates December 1, 2005 - December 1, 2006
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council,Other
Percent for art Yes
Project commission start date 01/12/2005
Project commission end date 01/12/2006
Location Newtownsmith, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
County Dublin
Town Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
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Content contributor(s) Ciara King
Relationship to project Public Art Programme Administrator



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