TRISKELE

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Client: City of Rosemount, MN

Location: Rosemount, MN, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $80,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Foster Willey

Mattson McDonald Young Structural Engineers.

Architect

Guy Willey Design

Artist

Foster Willey Sculptor

Foster Willey Sculptor, LLC

Overview

TRISKELE is a freestanding sculptural form that is inspired by Irish iconography and contributes to the strong Irish sentiments of the Rosemount community. It serves as the focal point for the Robert Trail Library.

Goals

The triple spiral or triskele is a symbol consisting of three interlocking spirals. The triple spiral appears in various forms of Celtic art, with the earliest examples having been carved on pre-Celtic stone monuments, and later examples found in Christian illuminated manuscripts. The spiral is recognized as a universal symbol of creation and growth in many cultures. It is one of the oldest symbols of human spirituality. Celtic Spirals have many interpretations, most notably a symbol of the three realms – land, sea, and sky.

Process

The projects involved working with the community to establish conceptual parameters referencing the Irish heritage of the City and the project intent. These included creating a focal point of excitement, visable from the interior and exterior of the library, and enhance the positive impact the library has on the community. The artwork should also allow for an expansion of its theme into other public spaces within the Downtown and surrounding public parks.

TRISKELE is fabricated from durable, low maintenance materials that can withstand the elements. Fabrication of the bronze element and project management of additional elements and installation was by Foster Willey Sculptor LLC. Guy Willey Design provided construction documents and consultation.
Engineering by Mattson McDonald Young Structural Engineers.