Semblance - CODAworx


Submitted by Cathal Mc Carthy

Client: Office of Public Works Ireland

Location: Edenderry , Ireland

Completion date: 2023

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team


Cathal Mc Carthy

Computational Design

Jess Matterer



Project Title: Semblance Percent for Art Scoil Bhride Edenderry Co Offaly Current 2023 Photo shows final artwork entitled “Semblance” Material; 636 stainless steell letters Dimensions: 2mts high by 2.4 mts wide Created using advanced computational design and fabrication methods.

Student Engagement:

The words and phrases selected to be included in the new sculpture have been elicited by the students and staff during a series of workshops and field trips with a heritage in schools specialist recommended by Amanda Pedlow Offaly Heritage officer. The faciltatator explored key themes that refer to the life and history of St Brigid, the nature around Edenderry and the Grand Canal in particular. Ideas about being part of the school community, ideas about place, friendship, unity, nature, belonging, education and the history of the local area. Also themes about knowledge, spirituality, being and the local environment. Using these ideas as a springboard for further exploration the collected phrases and words have been selected to become part of the sculpture. These words and phrases explore the ethos of the school and help to further create a sense of belonging. The students having had an input into the design and development of the sculpture have a strong sense of ownership of the artw


Public art project that involved elements of participation from the community and local authors.


Process involved drawing and making workshops, site visits model development and fabrication.

Additional Information

Unique and experimental public art project commissioned by Office of Public Works in Ireland. Located in Edenderry Co Offaly.