As the large two-piece sculpture for Benburb is nearly completed, the second public commission is now the main focus in the studio: an over-life size figure of the celebrated Belfast painter William Conor (1881-1968). A 1.9m high bronze figure and a series of six Corten steel lightboxes with perforated images of his work are in mid-fabrication, to be installed by end of June. The plaster original has been modelled over the last four and a half weeks after a series of photographs of the artist and silicon moulds have been taken throughout last week. We are now in process of making the wax patterns for the casting moulds. The detailed head and hands of the painter are contrasted by the deeply textured and abstracted clothing of the body.