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Denis O’Connor was brought up in Cork, and studied at the Limerick Art School (1978 to 1982). He then moved to England to continue his studies at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Since completing his postgraduate year in 1983, Denis has been primarily based in England. He bases his Sculpture Works practice in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England. Working with his partner Bernadine Rutter, a printmaker and arts education worker, Denis set up Sculpture Works in 2004 as a company that designs, fabricates, manages and installs steel landmark sculptures. Denis says, ‘We always begin a new project by carrying out lots of research into the history and intended use of a site, before involving members of the local community, schools and other interested parties in workshops and extensive consultation, with the aim of giving them ownership of the sculpture.’ The combination of the team’s professional disciplines enables them to undertake a wide variety of public art projects, many of which involve this type of engaged practice. Their public art commissions can be found all over the UK and Ireland.

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artist works


Raven Tree

Date: 2008

Medium: Stainless Steel

Dimensions: base: 150cm x 150cm

Location : Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

 Dream Gate

Date: 2005

Medium: Stainless Steel & limestone

Location : Aisling Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth