"Dreams and Stones" by Michael Bulfin
Owner: Down District Council
Location: Castlewellan Forest Park, Co Down
Title: Dreams and Stones
Artist: Michael Bulfin
Funded by: Dept of Agriculture; Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Down District Council; Sculptors’ Society of Ireland.
Background: The sculpture trail in Castlewellan Forest Park was opened in September 1992, as the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. The trail is the result of a three week Sculpture Symposium involving nine sculptors from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Greece. This Symposium was jointly promoted by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Down District Council and the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland, with funding from the European Arts Festival and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The eight sculptures along the trail have been created from natural materials, most of which were gathered from the park. They were designed and made specifically for the three mile lake-side walk, with sites chosen to emphasise some of the park’s most beautiful features.
Artists Details: Michael Bulfin has been creating and exhibiting sculpture since the early 1960s. He has had a number of solo exhibitions and has shown work widely in Ireland, UK, Europe and the U.S. He is very interested in public art and, in particular, site specific and land art; with his scientific background and knowledge, he brings a special approach to these areas of sculpture.