Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring (Laverin)

Storytelling Seat and Garden

The Storytelling Seat and Garden was commissioned by North Kildare Educate Together National School under the “Percent for Art” scheme.

The concept behind the Storytelling Seat and Garden was the importance of children spending as much time as possible outdoors. The artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring (Laverin) wanted to create a simple outdoor classroom/space and garden that would encourage storytelling and imagination. The World Storytelling event is celebrated every year on the March equinox and Niall De Burca (Irish Storyteller) visits the school a few times a year to perform for the children.


“We created a leafy canopy structure 2.4 m high made from galvanized steel. The decision to use galvanized steel as the finish was primarily based on the aesthetic look of the material but the maintenance and cost factor also came into play. The main support was made in three modules that bolted together and its form suggest the branches of a tree in its design. The infill sheets have cut-out branches and leaves that were welded into place in each module before galvanizing. These infill sheets throw interesting shadows through the piece like a dappled effect. The “spangle” effect of the galvanizing suggests leaves and plant life.”

Images © Liam Lavery