Each year the Festival prides itself on commissioning an artist to create a set of unique awards for our
National Competitions. This year the Festival is proud to engage Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring, who work
and live in Cork. This handcrafted trophy is one of a series of 12, specially commissioned for the Festival.
The wood turned plate was made by wood-turner John McCarthy and is made from burled horse chestnut.
The copper panels were designed and made by Eithne Ring & Liam Lavery. The musical themes intertwined with the Shandon bells and the rich colours of the vitreous enamels reflect the colour and diversity of the festival.
“When I was growing up on the rocky headland of Knockadoon, East Cork, my father
had a small foundry and as a result of working with him in his workshop I developed an
interest in detail and decoration and the desire to make objects. Making objects are very
important to me as I interpret my environment and make sense of the mark of man on
his surroundings with the resulting metamorphosis from page to finished piece.”
“Most of my ideas are born in that place between sleeping and waking. One of my earliest
dawn dreams was one which coincided with the dawn train which used to pass near my
childhood home. In the dream the sandman, who lived on the moon, drove a bulldozer
and pushed back the darkness to let the daylight through. Drawing is important to me,
because it takes me to that space where the sandman reveals the light in the darkness,
which grows into a sketch that may become a sculpture”.
As part of our commitment to supporting artists, the Cork International Choral Festival engaged Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring in 2014 for a collaborate work in producing the perpetual Fleischmann International Trophy award following 20 years of unique works being produced for the competition by Liam Lavery. This perpetual trophy is inspired by a small extract from a hand written score by Aloys Fleischmann merging with the iconic “goldie fish” atop St. Anne’s Church, Shandon” along with other musical motifs and stylized vocalists using cast aluminium as the primary material combined with enamelled copper.
Contemporary Irish artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring have been working and collaborating on art projects since 1988. Their work has developed from painting and small low-relief wall panels made of cast aluminium, through to large-scale public commissions using a variety of different materials; bronze, wood, copper, enamels, glass and stainless steel. Both Liam and Eithne have been engaged by the Festival over the years producing both National and International Awards since 1994.