PUblic art

Children's healthcare

Balloon Tree 

Paediatric Outpatients and urgent care centre 

Connolly Hospital


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Róisín finishing one of the glass balloons

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Glass balloons in the glass workshop

The balloon tree is based on the idea of the lost  balloon. A tree that collects and nurtures the balloons before releasing them to float freely into the corridors and waiting areas of this emergency care unit.

Drawing on Irish cultural traditions of wishing or fairy trees, this sculpture stands 5.3 m tall at the centre of the entrance foyer. Made of steel, it holds 16 balloons in a series of shaped arcs that form the tree. 

Throughout the service on three floors and the staircases, a variety of transparent and opaque balloons are poised floating on walls and tucked away in unexpected places, bringing a moment of distraction and playfulness to this medical space. 

The work was commissioned by Children's Hospital Group Public Art programme for  Children’s Health Ireland (CHI)  

Glass Balloons

So much glass in the studio right now, d

Public Library

TRANSIENCE Glass Installation at Ballyrowan Public Library Dublin 

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'Magnificence' Working drawing 

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Transience - Installation over looking main reception area

Working with the transient of light in the building as a metaphor for the poem Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats, I constructed a grid of coloured squares. The light in this building comes from predominantly the right side of the building casting dramatic shadows into the atrium. Using a tonal grid of equal sized squares, a mosaic of different colours is suggested. Between each coloured square is a square of clear glass. This provides a screen of privacy to the offices behind but allows the employees different viewpoints to the atrium below. 


Projecting from the front of the screen into the atrium are fins of coloured glass onto which selected words from the poem are engraved. These words are key signature words which have both symbolic and figurative meanings in the overall sense of the poem. By having them etched on these fins, the type can be read from both sides. The reversed type suggests the craft of embossed printing in letterpress, and the positive type can be read and interpreted by the library user. Through the movement of light through these fins of glass, the words are projected onto the surface of the screen. During the transient light of each day, the shadow of letters become stronger or more elongated, resulting in a constantly changing coloured screen. The overall appearance is of open pages or windows, echoing the function of the library as a portal to learning, an opening on acquiring information and knowledge. 


The hammered gold is represented by longitudinal lines of gold leaf which will be worked onto the vertical stays of the window frame and shutter, suggesting glimpses of golden opulence and splendour. These will also glimmer with the changing light of each day. 


In the poorer quality of light of winter, interior lighting in the office spaces illuminate the squares of glass and project light from the inside out, creating a different lighting effect on the typographical glass fins. 


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The Sensory Garden -  Áras an Uahtarán (The President's Residence)

Áras an Uachtarán glass commission
members of the public interacting with Róisín de Buitléar's public art

'Taste the First Strawberry' is a play on the produce that is grown in the Kitchen Garden behind this wall, which is used by the presidency to feed the many visitors who come to garden parties at the residence all summer. Commissioned By the President of Ireland 


Feeding Fowl - Castle Espie Wetland Glass

Feeding fowl

Anemone - Castle Espie Wetland Glass


Viking triangle, waterford

Viking Triangle Glass
Vikin Triangle close up

Laminated layered mapping of the Viking Triangle from its beginnings as Viking port to the present day. Printed glass, feathers and textiles. Commissioned by Waterford Co Council for the Mall Waterford