Holger Lonze, The Shambles Marker Angel, Armagh, Bronze, 2010

Sculpture & Architecture

"Sculpture and architecture are intrinsically linked - both tell a culture's story even when its ideas and beliefs have disappeared and its songs and language have long fallen silent. Both reflect the circumstances of the times we live in and will shape our cultural identity, sense of belonging and - in the long run - our common heritage."

Click textfield to hide and reveal text

Small Creatures -Big Buildings

The project is part of a public art programme of a major urban regeneration scheme to re-vitalise eleven streets in Armagh City Centre. It is being funded by Armagh City and District Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development. Twenty-two bronze gargoyles and angels were installed in June 2010 at a range of urban locations, such as house corner stones, in brick walls, door knockers, attached to fencing, etc. The character and design of the individual pieces reflect the architecture of their setting and the history of a specific location, i.e. street names, in shape and texture. The pieces also incorporate objets trouvé, recreations of the shapes of objects found on the urban street of our times, such as coins, water bottles, car parts, boots, nuts and bolts. This will add a distinctly contemporary element to the interpretation of the theme. The work will be deliberately small and intricate in scale: these angels and gargoyles are meant to be discovered by accident and bring with them an element of surprise. The first angel was cast during a demonstration in March 2010 at Emain Macha - Navan Fort near Armagh using Iron Age metal working methods.

The Gargoyles and Angels project has been a collaboration between Armagh City and District Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development. It is manged by Cathie McKimm from CMS (Cultural Management Services).

The work was awarded Regional Finalist of the Civic Trust Awards 2012!

Logos

www.armagh.gov.uk  |  Hide adverts on top: Ads off!

Out in the Streets of Armagh

Down from the Roof Tops

The project takes the sculptural images of the gargoyle, chimera and angel out of their historic sacral context into the contemporary urban environment of Armagh City. These new gargoyles and angels have descended from their distant rooftop and ceiling locations in medieval architecture to the proximity of everyday street life. Here the gargoyles transform from their usually daemonic appearance to a more humorous yet still fantastic and grotesque character. The work consists of a series of distinctly individual characters of gargoyles and winged figures of varying sizes. A material transformation from stone to metal helps to achieve small works of public sculpture with intricate detail. Go to The Process to get insight in all the stages of making the work and see the sculptures in detail on The Sculptures page.

Download a printable double-sided PDF file of the pieces and locations here. (360KB)

Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh Miniature Street Art Map
Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010
Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010
Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010
Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010
Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010 Holger Lonze, Gargoyles and Angels, Armagh, bronze, 2010

Spot Them in their Hiding Places...

Please click on the thumbs to the right to enlarge the images of the pieces in their location. View the pieces in more detail on The Sculptures page. To hide this text, just click into the grey field to hide and reveal the information - you will notice a little 'hand' cursor icon.