For the city of Londonderry he created "The Emigrants". (Eamonn was born in Derry) These seven figures represent the two great periods of Irish emigration in the eighteenth and late nineteenth centuries. In the design he incorporated books and a fiddle to represent some of the cultural baggage that people took with them to their new homes.
Working in stainless steel Eamonn designed "The Swans" for Antrim Area Hospital.
This too speaks on different levels with a reference to the ancient Irish legend of 'The Children of Lir' as well as the sense of continuity of the migrating birds, returning each year. Large colonies of swans are to be found on the nearby Lough Neagh.
His bronze on granite Anna Livia fountain stood in central Dublin for a number of years until it was relocated to Croppy Memorial Gardens. In O'Connell Street it attracted litter, vandalism and a lot of soapy detergent! The figure was given many nicknames, for example the Floozy in the Jacuzzi (the artist's own description) or the Hoor in the Sewer.
So "The Tapers" from 1997 at the RVH is just one of Eamonn O'Doherty's creations. I've not been able to find much about this sculpture which was erected to mark the celebration of the Royal's bicentenary.
Maybe this is where the observer's imagination comes into play? From a distance it looks remarkably like some grass standing up to all kinds of weather.
If anyone knows what the artist had in mind I'd be very interested to find out.
There is so much beauty around us in the natural world as well as that created by human beings. It is not surprise that we want to make attractive objects ... it is simply a reflection of having been made 'in the image of God' so we share that same creative spirit that was active in the beginning.
My guess is that almost everyone responds to beauty. Art, sculpture, design draw from us a response that brings pleasure and joy. Even in times of economic stress, maybe especially in such times, we need something on which to focus that is going to remind us of the eternal truths, the greater themes.
We need to allow the creative part of our nature to emerge. For some it will be the creation of beautiful music or exquisite objects in fabric or food ... others will paint or sculpt ... some will doodle or design patterns ... or maybe telling stories and writing poetry ... there is no end to a list of creative talents ...
So brush, chisel, needle or fiddle ... whatever your "tool" ... use your talent to the glory of God!
Lord of beauty, thine the splendour
shown in earth and sky and sea,
burning sun and moonlight tender,
hill and river, flower and tree:
lest we fail our praise to render
touch our eyes that they may see.
Church Hymnal number 29
Cyril A Alington (1872-1955)