by Locky Morris
Bundoran Town Council commissioned four artists, Locky Morris, Grace Weir, Brendan Mc Gloin and Walker & Walker to develop sculptural pieces in response to the local coastal shorefront and sea cliff. The project was funded through the Bord Fáilte Tourism and Environment Initiative and Bundoran Town Council. The Town Council were assisted by the Artworking public art consultancy who recommended an artists panel. From here the selected artists were invited to submit proposals. Artists were asked to respond to the traditional nature of Bundoran as a playful, family orientated seaside resort.
DRY is a series of 6 bronze towels placed permenatly at locations in Bundoran along the shorefront - the image featured is that of a sea cave that can be accessed when the tide is out.
Locky Morris was born in Derry in 1960, where he continues to live and work. He studied in Belfast and Manchester. His work has been exhibited widely including Directions Out at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin 1987, the British Art Show touring Britain in 1990, New North 1990 and Strongholds 1991, both at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, Kunst Europa in Germany in 1991, the XLV Biennale Venezia 1992, L'Imaginaire Irelandais in Paris 1996, The Puffin Room in New York in 1998, the Ellipse Arts Centre in Washington in 2000.
Throughout his career, his engagement with Derry City and its changing character has shaped his work, often showing in community centres and the street. For a number of years in the late nineties he concentrated solely on making music with his band Rare. The recipient of numerous awards he has just recently completed major public artwork for Derry City Council and held a solo show Home Entertainment at the Orchard Gallery.