Children sliding on ice in Janesboro, Limerick, 1970

"Upon first observation of this photograph, two aspects significantly caught my attention. The dominant role of “the smile” and the use of “ice”. I became interested in the gesture of the smile, the power it holds and the effect it can have on people. Personally, it reflects feelings of warmth, welcome and comfort.
I planned to respond to this photograph by using the media of ice, and the gesture of the smile. I aimed to create a piece reflecting an unfamiliar quality of “the smile”, something cold, gruesome and revolting and at the same time signifying notions of pain and risk.”

Artist Name: 

Alan Casey


52° 39' 2.4408" N, 8° 37' 12.9144" W