Airflow (1998) is a work in two complementary parts; a piece of sculpture in bronze by Vivienne Roche and a composition for solo flute composed by John Buckley and performed by William Dowdall.
It was commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory for presentation to Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Education and Science.
The concept for the work evolved through a series of discussions relating to common points of reference between sculpture and music; scale, tone, form, shape, line and gesture. We have sought to create a dynamic interaction between the two art forms and attempted to capture an atmosphere or airiness and movement.
The first performance was given by William Dowdall at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork in April 1998.