To the People of the Sea
Public Sculpture Commission for Portrush East Strand
Portrush, its community and its heritage, are intrinsically linked with the sea. The concept for To the People of the Sea is based on Portrush's rich maritime culture and the boat building history of the East Strand site. It celebrates not only one of Ireland’s famous boat builders but also the elements that have determined the daily life of generations of the local community: local boats and the sea. The iconic Drontheim serves as a metaphorical vessel for sea-related imagery for this work: sails and ocean waves. The work is fabricated in bronze sheet and is 4m high x 6m long; the base is white terrazzo. It was opened in 2011 and has been shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture 2012.