‘White Light Garden’ by Vivenne Roche at Park West Business Park

Harcourt Developments are an example of excellent models of commissioning practice with their ongoing commitment to the creation of imaginative environments for the enjoyment and benefit of the general public. In 2007 they commissioned the beautiful Whitelight Garden at Park West Business Park, designed by Vivienne Roche.

In 1999, while Park West Business Park was being constructed, human skeletons and artefacts were found. As investigations into the site continued, it was revealed that it was, in fact, a Christian burial ground. This has influenced the design of the buildings around this site.

Harcourt Developments wanted to commemorate the historical importance of the site. They commissioned artist Vivienne Roch to design a sculpture for the area, which became the sculptural Whitelight Garden.

The company is especially proud of this project as it is constantly working to integrate cultural and artistic elements into the design of its developments. Its fundamental aim is to enhance creativity in the workplace and to provide a cultural benefit for the public.

Park West is Ireland’s biggest business park. The park is a mixed-use, 230-acre business and residential campus. It comprises award-winning offices, landscaped gardens, sculptures, water features, integrated leisure features, and shops.

John Doherty of Harcourt Developments describes the project as ‘a unique genesis. Using a variety of materials and forms, as well as modern technology, Vivienne created the garden.’

He continues: ‘By day it is a public park with seating areas and pathways and a running track around the perimeter. By night it becomes a light sculpture, reflecting and defining the souterrains, walls, and graves beneath. The oval shape of the burial ground directly influenced the crescent-shaped design of the surrounding buildings that encircle the perimeter, affording the occupants a grandstand view of the Whitelight Garden.’

Harcourt Developments are established patrons of the arts. In the past they have also commissioned Vivienne’s ‘NCIris’ at the IFSC in the Dublin Docklands, Angela Conner’s ‘Irish Wave’, and Orla de Brí’s ‘The Bastard son of Sisyphus’, both at Park West in Dublin.

John says: ‘Since its inception, Harcourt Developments’ philosophy has been to integrate cultural and artistic elements in all of its developments. The inclusion of the visual arts, paintings, sculptures and wall-hangings in every project enhances the working and living environment and stimulates discussion and appreciation of art and culture for all. Harcourt pride themselves on being responsible patrons of the arts, and will continue its support for future projects.’

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