We proudly hold one of the most important corporate art collections in Ireland. In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are delighted to showcase the influential work of Corban Walker. Walker, an esteemed Irish artist and a member of Aosdána since 2011, is celebrated for his contributions to Ireland's creative arts. His works, which are a staple in our office environment, challenge and enrich our understanding of diversity and inclusion.
In the Sculpture Dublin artist biography of Corban Walker it says that "Walker makes particular demands of his audience, often requiring that they exert themselves to engage with his work: clambering onto a chair; ducking to avoid being decapitated by wire; stooping to view low-slung work."
This is perfectly demonstrated in his Please Be Seated piece which he exhibited for his degree show at NCAD in 1989.
Walker's unique perspective is shaped by his personal journey with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. While his stature is an element of his identity, it does not solely define his work. However, it has clearly influenced his artistic expressions. In a 2022 interview with the Irish Examiner, Walker shared insights into his experiences. Those insights resonate strongly with people with disabilities, emphasizing the need for a more inclusive built environment.
We commissioned Corban Walker's "Barrow Street 2006" for South Bank House, and it proudly graces the atrium of the building. The sculpture's compelling backstory, as narrated by our former managing partner, Declan Black, in his "In the Frame" article, adds to its significance.
Walker's work is not only artistically profound but also serves as a powerful demonstration of how challenging experiences can inspire innovation and heightened awareness of critical issues.
On Wednesday 6 December we will host our end of year Annual Art Exhibition in our offices on Barrow Street. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to view work from contemporary and emerging artists in the unique surroundings of our atrium with its bespoke Corban Walker sculpture.