The Making of a Monument

The creation of the Mother Jones Commemorative Plaque by sculptor Mick Wilkins.

These photos show the creation of the Mother Jones plaque from a simple slab of limestone to the finished memorial complete with bronze image of Mother Jones.    The plaque is the work of talented sculptor Mick Wilkins who is based at the National Sculpture Factory on Albert Road in Cork (formerly the Cork Tramway company offices).

You can see more of Mick’s inspiring work on his website at www.wilkinsart.ie

You will have to wait for the unveiling on August 1st 2012 to see the completed image in situ at John Redmond Street.  We will of course put a photo and photos of the unveiling ceremony on the site when that takes place.

sawing

Mick Wilkins starts work by sawing the limestone slab to the correct size


Sanding the limestone plaque Lettering – placing the text on the plaque Text – the lettering is in place Carving the relief image in clay the image in clay relief before casting The bronze image

Mother Jones plaque takes shape

Mother Jones plaque
Mother Jones plaque – a work in progress by sculptor Mick WIlkins

The photo above shows the commemorative plaque to Mother Jones which will be unveiled on Wednesday, 1st August during the Cork Mother Jones festival.  This photo was taken some time ago when the bronze image of Mother Jones was in being cast.  This will be highly polished and will stand out from the main plaque.  Sculptor Mick Wilkins has done a marvellous job on the plaque and we hope to have some more photos soon of the finished product.  Of course the best place to see the plaque will be to attend the unveiling ceremony at John Redmond Street, Shandon at 7.30pm on August 1st.   There you will see history taking place as Cork finally remembers its rebel daughter Mary Harris Jone / Mother Jones.