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Maurice Harron surrounded by a cloud of smoke welding in his studio.
Maurice Harron in his studio at Burt County Donegal, Ireland.

Introduction

Maurice Harron was born inMaurice harron in the studio Derry, Northern Ireland. After studies at the Ulster College of Art and Design he began to teach, his first posts were in Belfast; St. Joseph's College of Education then at the Convent of Mercy in Belfast. He continued to teach in Derry firstly St. Columb's College and finally at Lumen Christi College.

In 1983 Maurice choose to stop teaching and return to a fulltime arts practice. He painted at first but found increasingly his subjects in three dimensions. His focus on sculpture gave his work an unexpected return when he successfully won tender for a public sculpture commission. This new avenue for his work has enabled Maurice make art that holds a more public space. Maurice Harron is noted for public art works of abstract and life like figures mixed with symbols and pattern. He casts bronze and aluminium and constructs cuts and welds metals such as marine standard stainless steels, brass and copper in his own studio/foundry.

The decision to commission works from Maurice Harron can be made by government departments, local councils and community groups they represent opinions from a wide politico-social spectrum, people from all walks of life in Ireland. Maurice Harron realised the challenge to make public art was his to address. Making sculptures for public locations has focused his work to explore themes that connect to contemporary social issues. In his sculpture he has used historical and mythical figures as well as the huge cast of people who make irish cultural identity rich and generous. It is not insignificant to attest that other issues of belief, ethnicity, the political tensions of the past and the hopes of a better future are recurrent themes that Harron does not shy away from in his public art. A failure to engage does not seem to be option nor is there any scope to extend recursive overbearing themes and symbols.

Maurice Harron at his studio talking with a C.S. Lewis Community group visiting from Belfast A sculpture part free from the mould. (spews and runners are visible) Details are applied to Jadis the White Witch sculpture. Sculptures are fitted on their base, it is a very exacting part of the finished sculpture. The sculpture of a girl is almost complete. Maugrim, a Narnian wolf is admired in the studio by the visitors from Belfast A clay sculpture of Mr. Beaver, a favourite CS. Lewis character is getting cast but first amould is made Jadis the White Witch is almost encased in a mould at Maurice Harron's studio.  In The studio three large  painted steel figures are almost ready for installation. A small sculpture  of an Oak tree under construction. A sculpture of a woman with braided hair in the process of chasing and cleaning of the final bronze sculpture.

Sculptures in Ireland.

Please use the Sculpture Map to find locations of sculptures by Maurice Harron in Ireland.

Sculptures located on the Sculpture Map are easily accessed, most are available 24hrs a day, only Sculptures marked on the Map as having their own functioning lighting installed are lit after dark. The lights add a dramatic dimension to many of the Sculptures and the inclusion of lights is a significant part of the over all experience of the work.