Across the Sun & Moon


Entrance Sculpture for New Downe Hospital, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

A flock of stylised birds rise in unison across simplified sun and moon crescents.
Inspiration sprang from observations of the variety and abundance of seabirds on nearby Strangford Lough, especially when suffused with colour at sunrise and sunset.
The intension was to create a sculpture that would uplift the spirits of both patients and visitors.
Incorporated into a tiered landscape it reaches up to 11 metres high.
The forged and polished stainless steel birds reflect light and changes in daylight. The sun and moon crescents and ripple safety barrier are in contrasting painted mild steel.

Design by: Charles Normandale and Julie Brooks-Hill
Made by: The team at Wheely Down Forge
Photographer: Charles Normandale and Julie Brooks-Hill