Milford based company Henry McGinley & Sons have just completed a project for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.
The installation, entitled Reflect Yourself, was unveiled in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle during the St Patrick’s Day Festival. The team at Henry McGinley & Sons worked on fabricating the finished piece, which is 4.5m tall.
Created by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, the project was designed and detailed by Milford native, James McGinley who works in Dublin for Garland Consultancy. James is the eldest son of Henry and Elizabeth McGinley.
Others involved in the project include furniture design students, Richard May and Tomas Barisauskas. Reflect Yourself is a thought-provoking, outdoor installation that explores what specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past or wondering about the future. The project was chosen through an artist submission process to celebrate the year of Irish Design 2015.
The project was commissioned after St. Patrick’s Festival and ID2015 came together to re-imagine public spaces in Dublin. Taking the present, and specifically the 2015 Parade theme ‘Celebrate Now’ as inspiration, this exciting collaboration aims to get people to stop and take a moment out of their busy day to think about the city differently.
Commenting on the piece, creator Barry Sheehan said: “The theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is ‘Celebrate Now’ and when we were asked to design an installation, I wondered what would do that? What specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past, or wondering about the future? A mirror.
“Reflecting only the here and now, a mirror gives us a snapshot in time. With this installation, we’re creating angled mirrors, with coloured translucent Perspex, so the views change, with unexpected vistas, suffused with light. What’s been particularly great about this project is getting the students working as a team.
“DIT doesn’t exist in a vacuum and it’s great to have the students working with partners from industry like Garland Consultancy and Henry McGinley & Sons. Any architect will tell you that getting an idea is easy – but turning it into reality is a long and complex process!”
Adding to this, James McGinley said Henry McGinley & Sons is delighted to be involved in the ‘Reflect Yourself’ project and it was wonderful to watch it come to life.
“It’s a beautiful piece of work and anyone visiting Dublin from Donegal can check out the installation for themselves in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle this week. The piece will then be paraded around the city over the next few months”.
Henry McGinley & Sons recently celebrated 22 years in business and is one of the leading suppliers of structural steel and roofing systems in the northwest of Ireland. The company has built a strong reputation for delivering quality solutions to clients across the construction sector. For further information on Henry McGinley & Sons, visit www.henrymcginley.ie