The sculpture is named Cainneach (Saint Canice – patron of Kilkenny) and it was made by Spanish sculptor Saturio Alonso in 1999.
I think that I saw it at a different location when I visited Kilkenny a few years ago. I could be wrong but I believed that it was located outside a bank on Parliament Street the first time I saw it and it was a water feature.
It is now located on Vicar Street at the bottom of the steps leading to St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Born in Spain (1954) and a resident in Ireland, Saturio Alonso is a sculptor with a background as a painter and graphic designer. Attracted by the puzzling and compelling relationships between technology and biology, Saturio Alonso uses a variety of prefabricated industrial materials, combined with more traditional ones, such as stone and wood, to create his sculptures.