Holles Street Maple
About the Commission
Holles Street Maple panel is an adaptation of the framed ” Japanese Maple ” pattern. Commissioned by the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin. Youghiogheny Stipple Glass forms the background and the leaves are Uroboros Granite Glass. The Granite glass has a rough surface texture which helps the leaves to sit in front of the background. This gives the viewer the feeling of looking through the trees and adds depth to the composition. The finished panel was encased in a sealed double – glazed unit size 1320mm x 470mm and installed in June 2014.
These Maple patterns are well suited to art glass as they come in so many different shapes and colors. I have also completed an “Autumn Maple” panel with red, gold and russet colors. The trees grow best in a sheltered environment, protecting them from wind and frost. They like neutral/acidic soil that does not dry out. This is important as they are quite shallow rooting trees. The Japanese Maples are the most decorative but they don’t like direct sunlight.
Holles Street Hospital, first established in 1894 through charitable donations. Was then granted a royal charter in 1903, along with other maternity hospitals in Dublin. It’s part of the history of the Irish Free State thanks to Elizabeth O’Farrell. Elizabeth trained and worked at the hospital as a midwife in the early 20th Century. Also a member of Cumann na mBan she carried the white flag to deliver the surrender at the Easter Rising in 1916. In 1930 the hospital was one of the first to benefit from “The Irish Hospitals Sweepstake”. This enabled expansion and redevelopment followed by a new charter in 1936. Fast forward to the present day and the hospital is due to move to new facility in 2024.