Alex Pentek, 2011
Orchids celebrates the natural heritage of Burlington through the diversity and delicacy of wild orchids (Dragonʼs Mouth, Three Birds Orchid and Pink Ladyʼs Slipper) all of which are native to the Burlington area. With extensive and delicate root systems that have a symbiotic relationship with certain types of fungus in the soil, these orchids blur the boundary between plant, fungus and soil, symbolizing a deep and hidden connection with the earth.
Alex Pentek is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture. He was the Cork Arts Societyʼs Student of the Year in 1995 and works from a studio at Monard, Rathpeacon, County Cork, Ireland. Over the past 14 years he has gained extensive experience creating large-scale, site-specific public sculpture exploring a wide range of materials from sheet metals, to bronze casting and carved stone.
For more information about the City of Burlington's Public Art program, visit www.burlingtonpublicart.com