The winning artist, Mark Richards, was selected following a two stage process, organised by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of dlr. Four artists were shortlisted from 40 submissions to a call for expressions of interest. The sculpture will be a figurative representation of Roger Casement and will measure 3m in height, just over 1.5 life size. The figure will be cast in bronze, which will mature and reflect the climatic conditions of the site as the years pass.
An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Tom Muphy, said, I think Mark Richards is a very worthy winner of the selection process. His design encapsulates the very essence of Roger Casement as he stood on the dock and said the words, “I landed in Ireland. It was to Ireland I came; to Ireland I wanted to come.” Furthermore, by locating the piece amidst the arrangement of levels on the jetty at Dún Laoghaire Baths, suggests he is stepping ashore.”
The plinth will be inscribed in Irish on the west face and English on the north face. A QR code linking to a website that tells of the story of Roger Casement will be developed.
About the sculptor
Mark Richards is a sculptor specialising in fine figurative work and was brought up in the tradition of architectural sculpture whereby sculptors receive comprehensive instruction in design, technique and execution and work mainly on commission. Previous commissions in Ireland include The Athy Shackleton (2016) which is a 1.5 life size bronze in Athy and commissioned by Kildare County Council, and The Nickey Rackard Statue (2012) which is a 1.25 life size in bronze commissioned by Wexford Borough Council.