19 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A LOCAL artist has certainly left his mark on his former school as he created two sculptures that are on display outside of it.
Marc Kelly from Emy, Emyvale was commissioned to design two sculptures at his former school, Corracrin National School.
He created a four-foot colourful jigsaw cube entitled ‘Altogether’ as a physical expression of how the different elements of education fit together.
At the front of the school stands ‘Our Time’, a seven-foot limestone hand-carved pillar with a metre diameter steel ring on top.
The carvings on the sculpture all relate to local history while the steel ring symbolises the vast ring forts which exist in the Emyvale area.
The cube took 26-year-old Marc, who is a son of Philomena and Denis Kelly, approximately one week to complete while the pillar took him seven weeks.
The talented Emyvale man also carved the school’s name as Gaeilge on a stone plaque which is displayed at the entrance to Corracrin N.S.
Marc was recently commissioned by Armagh Council to produce four hand carved standing stones depicting the four Pagan Festival dates for the Navan Centre.
He researched the dates and sculpted his designs onto locally sourced sandstone.
The local artist also gave a three-day public stone carving demonstration at the Navan Centre last weekend which was something he told the Northern Standard was received very warmly as people witnessed stone being carved in a traditional method that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
Full story in The Northern Standard

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