A Sculpture to honour locally born artist Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) will be officially unveiled in 2017 in Stillorgan Village. This fantastic initiative that will significantly contribute to the rejuvenation plans for Stillorgan. The main objective of this project will not only attract visitors from home and abroad, but will essentially promote Stillorgan as a commercial and tourist hub in County Dublin.
Fundraising is well underway and we are delighted that Blackrock Sculptor Rowan Gillespie is almost finished work on the Bronze Sculpture of William Orpen, with only one small bronze, a still-life, to complete. You may be familiar with some of Rowan’s work: The Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and The Titanica Sculpture to name a few. Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones will officially unveil the Bronze Sculpture of William Orpen in Stillorgan Village, Ronnie is an Artist in his own right. He is also a discerning art collector and is a huge fan of William Orpen, owning many of Orpen’s original oils, drawings and sketches.
This event will coincide with an exhibition of Orpen’s works along with his letters, And memorabilia and several original watercolours by his father Arthur Herbert Orpen. The unveiling event is already turning into an Orpen family re-union, with some of his descendants coming from New Zealand, South Africa,
US, Canada, UK and Ireland. As with many sculptures, this one requires private funding.
We have already secured substantial donations from The Smurfit Foundation, Orpen’s Cider, Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce, Priory Studios, Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre, Gleeson McGrath Baldwin, The Murphy Family from Churchtown in Cork, Baumann’s Hardware, Richard Olivier, James O’Dwyer, Karen D’Alton 2020.ie, Peter Gleeson, Ken Howard R.A., Neal & Hugh Curran, Mount Merrion Residence Assoc., Film Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) plus several smaller donations. Any donation large or small will be greatly appreciated and there is an option to have your name or your company name engraved on a plaque at the base of the sculpture.
Payments should be made to The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce Sir William Orpen Fund, Priory House, 19 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a 3 min video of the making of the William Orpen Sculpture: