Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile, South of Hy-Brasil, 2016. Wood, reed, hay, cotton rag, bamboo, and birch poles, 25 x 10 x 18 ft.

Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile


The Back Bay Fens

Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile’s remarkable floating sculpture, placed in the Fens some 400 yards from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which eventually led to independence for Ireland. The artist is known for his sculptural installations, particularly in Japan, where he regularly works with local people to construct environments in the town of Fukui, near the city of Niigata. But he has also done installations in the U.S., including an environment constructed on Maiden Lane in New York from 2010 to 2011. South of Hy-Brasil, which appears to be abstract, rises 18 feet into the air. It is made from thatching—an obvious reference to the traditional roofing material used in Ó Fraithile’s home country—and from cloth, …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.