Artist – Radoslav Benka
Radoslav Benka spent a number of years working in Galway before returning to picturesque Bardejov in eastern Slovakia, a place famed for its wooden churches and traditional crafts. His love of wildlife was inspired by the diverse fauna of the vast forests and rugged mountains that cover much of his homeland. One day while he was a young child playing in the woods, he came across the skull of a deer. Intrigued, he brought it home and carved its likeness into blocks of discarded wood.
Radoslav was commissioned by Brendan Smith to produce a series of wooden sculptures based on animals associated with the mythological tales of ancient Celtic Ireland.