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.  

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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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