The Magical Forest; Mosaic and Book Project by Sean Corcoran

The Magical ForestHere’s the NEW WEBSITE for Sean Corcoran’s commission by the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a large mosaic and an accompanying book for the new Gaelscoil that is being built in Carraigpherish on the outskirts of Waterford city. Sean will engage with all the students and teachers of the Gaelscoil in the creation of the 3 metre wide mosaic that will be installed on a prominent internal wall in the new school.

In addition to the permanent artwork a special story book will be created that is linked to the mosaic and will feature drawings by the kids. The mosaic and book are to be called The Magical Forest. The mosaic itself will depict a lush and vibrant forest, full of trees, flowers, animals, a stream and a pond. The idea for the book is to create a new Irish fable. A fantasy fairyland, folklore of the future.

Sean had the following to say about The Magical Forest commission; “I’m very excited about this project. It’s a fantastic commission and it will take until next June to complete. The story of The Magical Forest is based on a bedtime story that I have made up for our 2 kids. Alfie aged 5 and Matilda aged 8 have kept the story alive by insisting on hearing what happens next every night. I have also tried out versions of the story on kids that take part in our weekly activities here at The Art Hand. It’s not conventional storytelling in that the kids get to add characters and ideas to the story while it is being told. I’m delighted that the story will now be published in a colourful new book”.

About Sean Corcoran

Artistic Director of The Art Hand in Bunmahon on Waterford's Copper Coast, Ireland. An Art School that runs courses in Stained Glass, Mosaic, Batik and Beach Art. I'm a Sand Artist, drawing massive pictures on beaches with a rake!
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