Cloch Gealach, (Moon Stone)
by Brendan McGloin
Commissioned utilising Per Cent for Art funds. Sandstone monolithe featuring the 28 day lunar cycle around a central appeture and the 4 phases of the moon on the bottom registar. Opposite face is completely punched dressed and has Donegal County Council written in Ogham. Either side are two block seats and a body of text spanning them commemorating the deceased and present members of the Donegal County Council and the work they have done for the county.
Cloch Gealach, (Moon Stone), 2004
Cloch Gealach, (Moon Stone) stands at 1 meter high, made from Sandstone, Limestone, African Granite and is located at the Square, County House, Lifford. Co. Donegal, Ireland
Brendan Mc Gloin began to form his career with stone shortly after finishing a four-year diploma in Graphic Design at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 1992. My first appreciation of architectural masonry was seen while working on the Bristol Swallow Hotel (Neo-Classic Style building using Bath Sandstone). Returning to Ireland in 1993 I stumbled upon a local Mason and began an apprenticeship in the art of drywall building and Stone building.
1996 saw my departure to Australia via Asia on a two-year working visa. Much of my time was spent working with the Temperi family of masons based in Sydney. Much of the work entailed restoration on Public and private buildings within the Sydney basin (Sydney Museum, Lands & Titles Building, St Mary's Cathedral).
A six-month break to New Zealand saw me build several dry stonewalls in Northern Whangarri region using the local volcanic pumice stone and Carving the fine white limestone of Omaru. In 1998 I returned to Ireland during The height of the building boom but decided to further my skills and attended the Leitrim Sculpture Centre for 1 year. I attended several courses in the Fire Station Studios Dublin. I set up my sculptural business in March 1999 working and trading from Donegal Craft Village Donegal Town Co Donegal, Ireland www.brendanmcgloin.ie