British sculptor Antony Gormley’s latest creation “Tree for Waiting for Godot”has been “planted” inthe Grand Yard at Castle Coole, Enniskillen.
The“ planting” of “Tree”marks the first event of the inaugural Happy Days Enniskillen InternationalBeckett Festival, which takes place in the island town, 23-27 August.
“Tree for Waiting for Godot” is a festivalcommission as part of a stage set for a future production of Samuel Beckett’smost famous play Waiting For Godot.
The “flat-pack” sculpturehas been made in 37 separate square stainless steel sections to facilitatetheatrical tourability, and measures 2.9 x 2.8 x 2.9 metres.
SeanDoran, Founder and Artistic Director of the Happy Days Festival said:
“We are delighted thatAntony has allowed “Tree for Waiting forGodot” to be exhibited for the first time at our inaugural Happy Daysfestival. With less than six weeks to go, it is an appropriate internationalsymbol with which to kick-start the festivities. Waiting for Godot is Beckett’s most famous work, known all over theworld, and the sculpture will form part of a stage-set for a futureAboriginal-Australian and Irish co-production of the play”.
Speakingon BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Gormley told presenter Mark Lawson that hehad corresponded with Beckett and sent him his first piece of work, “Fruits ofthe Earth”, made from his father’s First World War handgun:
Gormleytold Lawson: “I think of [Beckett] as a sort of fatherfigure, because he understood the placement…his stage directions for his playswere so absolute and so utterly aware of the critical factor of making arelational field… He made a roadmap for all creative minds to concentrate theireffort”.
“Tree” will remain atCastle Coole for 60 days to mark the 60th anniversary celebrationsof the National Trust at Castle Coole.