Once the idea had taken root, I created maquettes (3D small scale sketches) to work out the idea in the round and explore the composition.

I have positioned Roger Casement facing land and as if he is stepping ashore.  His torso opens to his left in the direction of his birthplace Sandycove and his head is turned to the right.  If I have plotted this correctly, an imaginary line runs through his head from back to front between, respectively, London and Dublin.


Maquette on the plinth



Figure study




Portrait study

The design idea


‘I landed in Ireland. It was to Ireland I came; to Ireland I wanted to come.’ [1]


The location presented the challenge and the solution.  My initial ideas for Roger Casement on the plinth left him looking remote and disconnected; it could have been anywhere.  Therefore, I proposed changing the profile of the upper section of plinth to echo, in an ambiguous and abstracted form, the steps from the jetty to the water and those from the shore to the jetty.  



This not only ties in the work to its surroundings visually but increases the view of the sculpture from those at the base of the plinth.

By placing Casement amidst the arrangement of levels, it suggests that he is stepping ashore. 

[1]Casement’s speech from the dock, 1916

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The site

The work is to be placed at the soon-to-be renovated Royal Victoria Baths site on the harbour in Dun Laoghaire.  The new layout, designed by Bob Hannan, will be framed by the vast and spectacular Dublin bay with James Joyce Tower off to the South East and Dublin to the North.  Below are a few 'before' shots of the site.  The sculpture will be placed approximately at the end of Bob Hannan's finger 4 photos down.