The Ogham Wall
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United States • Architecture • Visual Arts
12 May 2016— 05 Jun 2016

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The Ogham Wall

The John F. Kennedy Centre
Washington D.C.
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, United States

The Ogham Wall will be one of the key installations at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC May 17 – June 5th, 2016 as part of ‘IRELAND 100 – Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture’.  Created by Dublin-based Grafton Architects, winners of numerous international awards, working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, this ambitious landmark project was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, which dates from approximately the 4th century AD. Monumental in scale, The Ogham Wall features ten concrete fins stretching to a height of three meters which will fill the foyer of The John F. Kennedy Centre.

Each cluster of fins relates to a letter in the Ogham alphabet and each letter symbolises a native Irish tree. The elemental intensity of the stone-like fins calls to mind ancient Irish and British sites with circles and standing stones such as Drombeg, Garrane or Lettergorman in County Cork, or Stonehenge in England. The impact creates a multi-layered immersive experience that invites visitors to engage with the tactile surfaces, which vary in texture, temperature and colour.

The Ogham Wall reflects Ireland’s ability to weave story telling and language with ancient heritage in the creation of a compelling piece of work that has innovation and collaboration at the heart of its developmental process.