Art for commuters crossing the East Link Bridge where an exhibition of sculpture is on display.

An open air art exhibition by the Sculptors Society of Ireland can currently be seen at the East Link toll bridge and Ringsend

The large metal abstract sculptures painted in primary colours are a result of a Steel Sculpture Symposium which took place in the shipyard of Arklow Engineering Ltd in the summer of 1983. 

Twelve artists are exhibiting here including Michael Bulfin who created 'Electron Spine', Vivienne Roche, Vincent Browne, Niall O’Neill, John Burke (whose large red steel sculpture can be seen at the Bank of Ireland headquarters on Baggot Street), and Jim Buckley. 

Two sculptors from outside Ireland were invited to participate in the project, Michael Todd from California and Scotsman Fred Bushe, founder and director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Both artists are renowned for their innovative large scale outdoor creations. 

Many of the sculptures have already been snapped up by private businesses and public bodies. Colm Brennan’s ‘Rotations In Space’ which has been purchased by Arklow Shipping. 

It is hoped that this large scale exhibition will encourage county councils to acquire these sculptures for parks and public spaces in towns and cities around the country. The exhibition continues until September. 

The exhibits themselves are larger than life.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 June 1985. The reporter is Mary Butler.