Ben Amira - Isha Mountains.
2.7m Long x 1.8m x 1.6m
1st International Symposium in Granite
Symbol of Mauritania's future, this sculpture revives the line of Ben Amira mountain . The baby is the gestating future of this country - the hope for the future, which is coiled in the belly of its culture, as in the womb , as in a cocoon , waiting impatiently to be born .
Daf to end and start a new year on desert project
Leinster Leader, Ireland January 1st 2000
Irish sculptor DAF is spending his Christmas and New Year carving granite in a North African desert..
DAF is ending his most successful year having been chosen to take part in a prestigious International millennium project. He joined 12 other artists from around the globe by invitation on 5th December for a month of intensive creativity living in a tented village with nomad Arabs in Mauritania.
"This is not a competition," stressed DAF who was delighted to be selected for the project. "This is 12 sculptors from all over the world chipping away in the desert heat at hard granite that rolled down from the mountain due to the sun baking Ben Amira ''.
The sculptors will be working on a sacred site where neolithic man made his mark in stone etchings and they will add their own timeless pieces to symbolise the passing of thousands of years. This event was approved by the government who recognized the importance of it both in time and the place . "It's a major event. for Mauritania , you don't get any bigger than this," said DAF "My sculpture is going to live on and on in the desert. How exciting is that, and as in most of my public works I may never get the chance to return to the work but many people get to see them''.
DAF's international career has gone from strength to strength in the past year. He attended a symposium in France during the summer where his work won the public prize, voted by the public, ahead of nine other top sculptors from around the world.
He now has seven public works in Ireland and twelve to date in Europe and his widely acclaimed bronze, PEACE FOR ALL stands at the re-opened and re-named Senator George Mitchell Bridge on the border of Cavan and Monaghan , at one time a 'hot-spot' on the border of north and south of Ireland .
"I couldn't believe it when I was selected for this event in the Sahara Desert'' said DAF. '' I know I can do it and I'm really looking forward to it, in the making of my Art I put my soul on the line and it will always be that way''.