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Sun Bounce and Solar Seats

Artist Name(s) Paul Gregg
Artwork title Sun Bounce and Solar Seats
Context/Background St. Kevin's is a co-educational, multi-denominational school which was established in 1966 and operates under the aegis of the KWETB (Kildare & Wicklow Education and Training Board). In 1989 the school relocated to a new building, and in 2008 an extension was completed.

Sun Bounce & Solar Seats is a permanent sculptural work for St. Kevin's Community College, in Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow. Sun Bounce comprises six circular mirrors mounted on an upturned stainless steel dial (sextant) that reflect the sun onto a target situated in the shade. The six mirrors denote the monthly gradation of the sun and earth's relational movements (ebb and flow).

At noon, on the first of each month, the sun's light, is interrupted on its path to the earth where (reflected from the surface of a mirror) it illuminates a target fixed to the wall of the school. The target is a graphic based upon the wall design on the Santa Maria Novella church in Florence, Italy. In the mid-1500s the Italian cosmographer Fr. Ignazio Danti conducted his own astronomical experiments on this public church wall.

Around this arrangement are Solar Seats, providing an area for the students to sit. These benches are fabricated in a range of different materials — timber, black granite, glass, mirror and copper — which heat up and cool down at different rates.


An American artist living in Dublin since 1995, Paul Gregg has exhibited in Europe and the United States. In recent years, the primary focus of his practice has been the creation of large scale commissioned projects. Gregg earned a Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A. He was awarded membership to the Phi Beta Kappa honour society (U.S) for his work at UCLA, and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland upon completion of his MFA. He is currently a lecturer at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Commission Type Schools/Colleges
Commissioner Name St. Kevin’s Community College
Commissioning process Two-stage competition
Project commission dates January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Wicklow County Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 01/01/2010
Project commission end date 31/12/2010
Location St. Kevin’s Community College,
County Wicklo
Town Dunlavin
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