Copper tube became art when Dublin based artist and sculptor Deirdre O’Daly Judge chose the material for her stunning new work, ‘Orb Weaver’.

Created using tube manufactured by Yorkshire Copper Tube, wire and bespoke glass pieces, the spherical sculpture is fixed to a steel stand and base and was developed from an earlier work by the artist, ‘Vertical Gardens’.

The piece, which took over two months to design and create, was displayed at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin in September and October as part of the 2011 ‘Sculpture in Context Exhibition’ which raises the profile of sculpture in Ireland and provides a platform for artists outside the normal gallery context.

Deirdre commented: “To create the sphere I needed a material which could be easily manipulated by hand, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. The aim was to encase suspended glass pieces in a woven copper orb and to allow the wind to blow through it.

“After some research, I sourced suitable copper from Irish Metal Industries Ltd in County Dublin. I chose to use 50m of 6mm Yorkshire Copper Tube’s Minibore plain copper coil tube and found it ideal for purpose and loved working with it.”

During the major exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens, which included over 170 works, the sculpture attracted favourable responses from the many visitors.

Neil Overton, Commercial Director at Yorkshire Copper Tube, said: “We were delighted that our copper tube was used to produce such an interesting and beautiful piece of artwork, which could be viewed in such a prestigious setting.”

Yorkshire Copper Tube is a member of the KME Group of companies, which together represent Europe’s largest producer of copper and copper alloy materials.

All Yorkshire’s copper tubes carry the British Kitemark and the company’s Quality Management System is BS EN 9001 approved.


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Picture shows: Orb Weaver at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin

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