CORTEN SCULPTURE OUTSIDE THE HUNT MUSEUM JUNE 2015 – NO LONGER AT THIS LOCATION
Personally I like Corten steel sculptures or works of art but when I first saw this many years ago I was not 100% sure that it was not a skip or dumpster. Back in 2015 (or maybe earlier) a gentleman, who turned out to be a scrap dealer, asked me what I thought of this and then suggested that it was “real art” unlike much that he had seen elsewhere. Also he liked the model of a horse (see below) located nearby.
Further research indicated that this featured in the 2010 EVA International and was described as a “mild steel nymphaeum”. A nymphaeum or nymphaion (Ancient Greek: νυμφαῖον), in ancient Greece and Rome, was a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs. These monuments were originally natural grottoes, which tradition assigned as habitations to the local nymphs. They were sometimes so arranged as to furnish a supply of water, as at Pamphylian Side. A nymphaeum dedicated to a local water nymph, Coventina, was built along Hadrian’s Wall, in the northernmost reach of the Roman Empire. Subsequently, artificial grottoes took the place of natural ones.
EVA International (previously known as Limerick Exhibition of Visual Art and e v + a) is a large-scale contemporary art exhibition that takes place every two years in the city of Limerick. It is known as Ireland’s biennial, and is held in even-numbered years.
The Museum holds a personal collection donated by the Hunt family, it was originally situated in the University of Limerick, before being moved to its present location in the Georgian Custom House in 1997. The Custom House is situated on Rutland Street on the banks of the River Shannon at its confluence with the Abbey River. Among the museum’s collection are works by notable artists and designers such as Pablo Picasso, Jack B. Yeats, and Sybil Connolly as well as distinctive historical items such as the O’Dea Mitre and Crozier.
In 2011 a lifesize model of a horse, painted by young people aged 10–18 was placed outside the front of the building. This was joined by a second one in 2012. The models are made of fibreglass, and are taken inside at night. The art installation was inspired by the song Horse Outside by the group The Rubberbandits.