Shane Holland is a maker of public, corporate and gallery sculptural works. Shane’s sculptures can be seen in airports, churches, hotels, private residences and public spaces across Ireland. He works on sculptural elements using his skill to create unique expressions in three-dimensions. Holland works with a range of diverse materials with a formative background in metalwork. His workshop facilities in Co. Meath can handle large fabrications. The Mastercraft skills honed over 30 years, ensure lasting quality to all of his projects. Clients can be confident of project delivery on time and on budget. His valuable lighting expertise can add significant drama to each sculptural commission.

Skerries - Tidy Towns

This stainless steel and limestone sculpture was produced to celebrate their National Tidy Towns competition win in Skerries in 2016. This sculpture accommodates a seating position and is located just 10 metres from the rocks on Red Island, giving excellent views to the Mournes in the North and Skerries islands to the east. Fingal Co. Council who co-funded the project provided the power to the location and all other works were executed by SHDW. Its design is based on the Tidy Towns Trophy, designed by Shane Holland in 2006 with detailing to signify; architecture, plant life, heritage and water in laser etched surface detail. The limestone is sculpted by local stonemasons and is imbedded with LED ground lighting and central lighting in the metal core too. We used 4 inch square limestone cobbles around the perimeter This sculpture has gone to inspire lots of local photographer’s in the area. (Photo credit, Daniel Gleeson)

27 Elements

This 27-hole sculptural artwork sets different material elements in resin into porthole window compartments in stainless steel. The elements of brass, aluminium, steel, copper and various fragment create a sense of order in chaos.

Porpoise Hibernicus

In 2016 on a kayak trip to Shenick Island I discovered what I thought was a complete vertebrae of a porpoise. However, having looked in more detail there were several pieces missing from the complete set. A couple of weeks later having paddled out to the island again I found missing pieces. Having stripped and re-assembled the vertebrae it was cleaned, painted and hung within an oval frame with integrated lighting. This piece circa. 180cm long x 80cm x 100cm This piece called Porpoise Hibernicus honours the biomorphic natural form with minimal intervention beyond lighting, suspension and framing. This one-off piece is available for purchase or gallery exhibition enquiries. The purpose of these kayak trips was initially to remove plastic from the Irish Sea. However this was a welcome diversion at the time.

Artist Statement

After graduating from NCAD/UL in 1989 as an industrial designer I was hired as a part time technician in NCAD in the wood, metal, and plastics workshops of the industrial design department (1989-1996). In NCAD I assisted students from design, sculpture and glass-making departments to realise their projects. My first rocking-chair sculpture was built in NCAD during this time. In 1991, I established my studio in Dublin 1 working on models, prototypes for films, industry, awards, lighting, and furniture projects.

In the intervening years I have worked on hundreds of professional projects for clients in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, the UAE, Russia, and the USA. I have also exhibited widely abroad and in Ireland,

In my studio career of 30 years I have collaborated with many architects, artists and clients on bespoke works including public sculptural, lighting, awards and artistic projects.

As a keen kayaker and rower I have great interest in the environment, particularly the sea and islands where I have done extensive cleaning of ocean plastic from the islands and initiated a community project Currachí na Sceirí where we have now built and renovated a fleet of three currachs.

Through collecting, cleaning, and foraging I have produced a lot of artworks relating to the sea. From my workshop in Duleek I work closely with recycling facilities to produce sculptural works from existing parts which includes aviation and industrial sources

I care deeply for the importance of tradition and heritage whilst always embracing the use of technology to aid in the creation of works.

I have a strong interest in history, it is often an inspiration in my artworks. It is interesting to look at myths and legends but also to try to find accuracy and clarity from history and interpretation of history.

My ethos is to try to create items of beauty and elegance which are built to last and I also strive to incorporate extra drama through lighting when the opportunity arises. I use a diverse palette of materials in my projects, always strive to find the correct choice for the job.

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