After Myles Sculpture
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The over-lifesize sculpture of writer and satirist Brian O’Nolan aka Myles na gCopaleen was unveiled in Strabane, Co. Tyrone on the 2nd December 2013 by the mayors of Strabane and Donegal. Dressed in his iconic coat and Fedora hat, he is leaning against three 2.5m high first editions of his most famous books, including An Béal Bocht, at Swim-Two-Birds and The Dalkey Archive.
The work is located on the junction of Railway Street and Abercorn Square in front of the library and Alley Theatre building. The title of the work is a play on O’Nolan’s collection of An Cruiskeen Lawn articles published under the title Myles before Myles.The base and perforated image process used in the work is a visual reference to the architectural features of the library’s base and its pages-like windowblinds. The partial fabrication of the work in sheet metal also responds to their construction.