Thursday 10 December, 1.15pm – The Ogham Wall: Architecture & Object with Grafton Architects and Graphic Relief
Design Bites is a series of informal design, making and innovation lunchtime talks programmed to connect with Irish Design 2015 exhibitions. Drop into the Design Hub in Dublin Castle at lunchtime for 30 minutes of fresh thinking and conservation. Bring your sandwich to chew on with the design ideas and the tea will be provided. This series of Design Bites is programmed to coincide with Liminal – Irish Design at the threshold, the flagship exhibition for Irish Design 2015. Featuring over 20 designers, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, this new work was presented throughout the year in Milan, New York and Eindhoven before its homecoming to Dublin. In this series of lunchtime talks, innovative, award winning designers talk about the new projects and collaborations they developed for Liminal.
Grafton Architects and Graphic Relief discuss their Ogham Wall collaboration, a large-scale installation responding to Liminal – Irish design at the threshold. First presented at London Design Week in the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery, the intention of Grafton architects was ‘to create something with an architectural presence that doesn’t establish a boundary.’ The Ogham Wall interprets letters from the ancient Ogham language as an architectural construct of three-metre-high cast concrete ‘fins’.
Graphic Relief crafted 23 fins from rough concrete combined with metal details, utilising mould-making techniques and new technologies. Each Ogham letter references the name of a species of tree and Grafton Architects worked with Graphic Relief to cast magnified and abstracted tree-bark patterns into the fins, forming ‘man-made geology that is beautiful to touch and to look at.’