FAILING BETTER MAQUETTE III
161 by 95cm., 63¼ by 37½in.
Cast in 2019.
The work appears in excellent overall condition. It is very stable but can also be secured via bolts to the legs if required.
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The present sculpture relates to Failing Better which was recently installed at the Pearse Street entrance to Trinity College, Dublin. Of the three maquettes the artist made, this is the largest. In conducting his research for the work, Rowan Gillespie developed an interest in Trinity College, Dublin’s curious connection to aviation, particularly the flying experiments of George Francis FitzGerald, Professor of Natural and Experimental Physics, in the late nineteenth century. These were mostly unsuccessful but always optimistic which brought to mind the words of Trinity graduate, Samuel Beckett “Fail again, fail better”. Gillespie was drawn to the concept of inspired vision inching towards success through a series of failures. His flying machine is a horse which develops wheels and then propellers, it will never fly just as Professor George Francis FitzGerald’s machine never really flew but he at least dared to try.