TREE OF LIFE BY VINCENT BROWN AT BLANCHARDSTOWN CIVIC OFFICES
Vincent Browne was born in Dublin in 1947. He studied at the National College of Art and Design and at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands. In 1987, Browne represented Ireland in Budapest at the 7th International Small Sculpture Show. He created a well-loved Dublin landmark, Mr. Screen, the squat bronze usher who stands outside the Screen Cinema at the junction of Hawkins Street and Townsend Street in Dublin. Mr Screen was made from two immersion water heaters.
His public commissions also include Anti-War Memorial (Limerick, 1987) and the bronze Palm Tree seat in Temple Bar, Dublin.
In 2005, Browne was commissioned to create a sculpture for the exterior of the Blanchardstown Civic Offices called The Tree of Life.
The Tree of life is constructed in bronze with hand welded bronze leaves. The structure represents the double helix a symbol associated with the structure of DNA, the building block of human existence.The sculpture reflects in the water and against the glass quietly interrupting its environment. It is a symbol for a growing county and for a young, progressive council.