This project, undertaken by Joseph Walsh Studio, focuses on the creation of two sculptural shelves, (each of which are almost 8m long) that will incorporate 14 tall glass oil lamps. Commissioned for a medieval private chapel near Verona in Italy, the project began in 2015 with physical sketch models created to understand the shape of the pieces and their relationship with the scale of the church. At this point CAD technology was introduced into the project and a form finding process led to a 1:1 template installation in December 2015. This enabled a greater understanding of the impact of the work on the church from both a physical and conceptual perspective. This ambitious project, designed to create an ethereal atmosphere in the church, has proved challenging for the studio.
The title, Magnus Celesti, derives from the Latin words Magnus (‘Large’ / ‘Great’) and Celesti (‘Heavenly’). This series of work presents an opportunity for Joseph Walsh to address the relationship between form and function, as well as the artists’ challenge to encourage viewers to see and experience a piece from different perspectives.
In the first piece, created for an exhibition at Roche Court in 2014, Joseph Walsh is conscious of the viewers’ experience in the gallery while adhering to the creative language of collaboration between man and material. The large, free form sculpture, made from layers of ash, spiralled upwards from floor to ceiling. Emerging out of a desk form, the sculptural work expanded outwards to wrap the entire one-roomed space of the Artists’ House, coming to rest with a large shelf hanging on the side wall of the gallery.
Joseph Walsh is an internationally renowned designer maker, whose work reflects an understanding and sympathetic use of material, an intimate relationship between finding forms and creating structures and a continuity and resolve from concept to making. He founded Joseph Walsh Studio in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. The studio now employs an international team of master makers, design technicians and their assistants, who challenge existing practice in achieving the ambitious pieces realised.
Joseph Walsh’s work can be found in many significant international museum and private collections and is regularly exhibited at major art and design fairs.
Miroslav Hlava is a Prague based freelance designer who specialises in using CAD/CAM technologies such as generative algorithmic modeling and multi-agent systems in architecture as a part of advanced form finding and designing in general. He is currently completing a Masters Degree programme at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at Czech Technical University in Prague.
Collaborating on projects for Joseph Walsh Studio since 2015, he has employed algorithmic modeling techniques to analyze and simulate the behaviour of bonded wooden veneer based furniture as well as creating digital 3D models.