Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring (Lavering)

Storytelling Seat and Garden

The Storytelling Seat and Garden was commissioned by North Kildare Educate Together National School under the “Percent for Art” scheme.

It is important that the children spend as much time as possible outdoors so we wanted to create a simple outdoor classroom/space and garden that would encourage storytelling and imagination. World Story telling celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20th. The Storyteller Niall De Burca visits the school a few times a year to perform for the children.


We created a leafy canopy structure 2.4 m high made from galvanised steel. The decision to use galvanised steel as the finish was primarily based on the aesthetic look of the material but the maintenance and cost factor also came into play. The main support was made in three modules that bolted together and its form suggest the branches of a tree in its design. The infill sheets have cut-out branches and leaves that were welded into place in each module before galvanising. These infill sheets throw interesting shadows through the piece like a dappled effect. The “spangle” effect of the galvanising suggests leaves and plant life.

Images © Liam Lavery