As people who were locked up in their homes, offices or studios will concur, finding new ways of working and creativity are vital for everybody’s positive headspace and wellbeing.
Shane Holland spent much time alone in his studio during lockdown, initially making visors but latterly creating sculptural works and wall art in a huge mix of materials, from recycled tins to gold electronic contacts and even industrial diamonds.
Being lucky to be located near major recycling facilities in Duleek, everything from aircraft fuselages for a vintage Aer Lingus Desk styled from Boeing 707 parts to silicon wafers for “Silicon City” were created into art during this period.
In addition to these items, the new “infinity spiral” concepts in brass and bronze were created, and a trophy to honour Covid victims was presented as the St Patricks Day Award for the Late Late Show. A bigger set of these designs are planned as larger sculptural pieces and Shane will bring some bronze editions and mackettes of these spirals to Architecture + Building Expo with the thought of promoting them as large public sculptures.
In addition, a more recent edition in new finishes of Shane’s Oxide Lights (already commended at a previous Architecture + Building Expo show) will be presented, along with the Wire Cage lights known as the “Govan Cage Lamps”. The latter are made from bulkhead lights with swirling, titanium bases from aviation compressor turbines, and highlight the beauty of amazing engineering often hidden in the innards of aircraft.
That said, Shane Holland Design Workshops continues to offer a bespoke metalworking, lighting, signage and sculptural service to architects and corporate clients, in addition to homeowners looking for specific custom works.