Recently I went to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin to see Sculpture in Context 2010. Over 100 works of art are on display, located throughout the gardens. A guide and map are available at the visitors' centre.
The artworks are varied: from quite traditional pieces in stone and metal to a crashed hot-air balloon. The gardens are themselves works of art, and a perfect setting for the sculpture - I really can't imagine any indoor gallery being as suitable for these works. Unsurprisingly, the most satisfying of the artworks in this context are the ones that best use the setting. In the Great Palm House, for example, a tropical storm has been recreated, complete with rain, ambient tropical sounds, and the roll of thunder. Also in the same building is Hanging Pods by Debbie Paul, consisting of three hanging metal pods - again, the setting enhances the artwork.
While I'm on the subject, the Great Palm House is worth seeing in its own right. The philosopher Wittgenstein is said to have spent a lot of time there. It's very pleasant, calming and, of course, warm.
Sculpture in Context runs until 15th October 2010. The Gardens are open from Monday to Sunday, 9am - 6pm. Both the sculpture exhibition and the gardens are well worth the visit.