Niamh Barry, ‘Binary II’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Binary II’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Binary II’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Binary II’, 2014, Todd Merrill Studio

Niamh Barry’s Binary series references a system of objects in space, two floating entities which are so close that their gravitational interaction causes them to orbit about a common center of mass. Made with Niamh Barry’s signature hand-formed bronze rings, the piece features opal glass tiles covering a strip of LED lights that emit a perennial warm glow. Experienced differently from every angle at which the viewer stands, Binary II not only suggests movement, but elicits our own motion as we experience the piece differently from every angle. The pictured light sculpture is the second of the Binary series, created within Niamh Barry’s commission-based program. A bespoke version of this piece may be made to order with custom dimensionality and finishes. Please contact info@toddmerrillstudio.com for details and pricing.

Niamh Barry was born in 1968 in Dublin, Ireland where she still works and lives. In 1991 upon graduation from the National College of Art and Design, Barry established her studio and started to make unique conceptual furniture and light sculptures from a range of materials that has included aluminum, porcelain, linen, mirror, and acrylic as well as wood, black patinated solid hand-formed bronze, mirror-polished hand-formed bronze, and Murano glass. In her signature work, visual weight and movement are a constant theme. All custom pieces are available with dimmable LED lighting. Barry’s work is included in many public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Four Seasons Hotel, O2, Candy and Candy, Merrion Hotel, Shelbourne Hotel, Finchatton, and U2.

We are Niamh Barry’s sole representative outside the United Kingdom. Please do not contact Niamh directly.

Mirror-polished and patinated hand-formed solid bronze, Opal Glass, LEDs

Dimensions: 1279mm L x 655mm H x 700mm D
50¼” L x 25¾” H x 27½” D

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About Niamh Barry

With a background in ceramics and self-taught in metalwork, Niamh Barry is best known for her welded light sculptures and conceptual furniture, which explore the relationship between light and shade, form and line. She summarizes her design practice as a continuous search “to express something beyond functionality,” and, though she works with a range of materials, her most iconic works are comprised of patinated and polished bronze, glass, and polycarbonate. Her early sources of inspiration included forms found in nature—astrological patterns, plants, and bones—but since 2007, Barry’s work has moved away from representational references, toward pure abstraction. Recurring themes in her work include the way in which weight informs movement and light defines negative space.

Irish, b. 1968, Dublin, Ireland, based in Dublin, Ireland