Born in 1956, John Coll has had an interest in art and the natural world since he was a boy. He studied marine biology at NUI Galway and worked as a biologist on a fish farm. At the age of 27 he became a professional sculptor. Much of his work is inspired by the marine environment and the human interaction with it. An accomplished portraitist, he has sculpted many busts of Irish writers and more recently the President of Ireland , Michael D Higgins . In 2018 he completed a 2 meter sculpture of Dr Michael Smurfit for the Smurfit Business School and most recently a sculpture of the singer Luke Kelly that sits on South King Street in Dublin . His working medium is cast and welded bronze and stainless steel.