Joseph Walsh unveils Magnus Modus sculpture

Irish studio workshop Joseph Walsh Studio has unveiled its latest commission, a 7 metre tall sculpture made of multiple layers of laminated olive ash wood that will be joining the National Gallery of Ireland’s permanent collection.

Magnus Modus, currently displayed in the gallery’s courtyard, is the latest addition to the Magnus Series, which “challenges the perception that function demands an explicit use,” commented Joseph Walsh, founder of Joseph Walsh Studio.

Assembled and designed in a large warehouse, the curved sculpture was commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme as a result of winning an invite-only competition staged by the OPW.

According to Walsh, the sculpture “responds to whether art can transcend history while also addressing the relationship between form and function.” He added: “Magnus Modus is the culmination of all the pieces created during the past 15 years and the inspiration that went into designing them. This commission gave me the opportunity to explore ideas around pure sculpture and translate them into a full scale piece.

“It is the very reflection of my search for effortless design harmony.”