Spirit of the Forest was created as a memorial piece to my mother Mary Doherty. I was raised in Castlewood Park, which is located across the road from St Flannans College in Ennis and as a child/teenager and adult I have spent a lot of my spare time exploring Ballybeg Woodlands and surrounding environment. This is a particularly beautiful woodlands and I do believe that if she can see this memorial piece and where it is located in memory to her that she would be very happy.

The design for this piece is based on a female angel reading a book.
The inscription reads “There is always music amongst the trees, but our hearts must be quiet to listen”. Minnie Aumonier wrote the original script, I revised it a piece to suit. In the research regarding forest ecosystems: amazingly trees in a forest coexist in a synergistic web of interconnections, with the largest, oldest, “mother tree” serving as hub. Because of the old trees linked into the network the underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees, becoming a fascinating, rea-life model of forest resilience and regeneration. All in Professor Suzanne Simard of the University of British Columbia latest research. So the next time you think of cutting down a tree, maybe you might think twice.

This sculpture is carved from limestone which is the indigenous rock in County Clare and it primarily carved using angle grinders, the detailed sections were carved using dremel’s. Clare County Council sited and mounted this piece.
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