From the 19th September to the 2nd October six artists - Anna Wiley, Emily Robyn Archer, Hazel Mc Cague, Kari Cahill, Liliane Puthod & Margie Jean Lewis engaged with the landscape at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork.
Brow Head marks the site of a 19th Century signal tower, Marconi's wireless telegraphy station, and ruined cooper miners' lodgings. The wild headland, where the deep Atlantic meets the rugged coast, is the most southerly point on the Irish mainland.
During the time spent on the Tombolo headland the artists developed and produced site responsive sculptural installations. Geography, locality, topography, heritage, community and history played a role in this artistic engagement; drawing from the local and national history of the peninsula, studying the relationship between the land masses and ocean, and integrating knowledge from the surrounding communities.
Lay of the Land created an extensive and compelling art exhibition that stood alone as a valuable cultural activity and experience. For the culmination of the project the public were invited to journey to the tip of the Mizen Peninsula to experience the site and the works that responded to it.
Collaboration between Tombolo artists, this compacted sphere of dried bracken collected from the site sat in the middle of a low lying field.
Refractions sat on Marconi's original telegraph site on the wild Atlantic headland overlooking Crookhaven, Brow Head Cliffs and the Fastnet Lighthouse, refracting and reflecting the autumn sunrise + sunset each day.
Repurposing agricultural by-products, debris and discarded farm materials the artists created a majestic sculpture that honoured the landscape and harked back to notions of celtic warrior women.
A towering monument sited on the North West of the headland overlooking Barley Cove made from stacked tractor wheel rims.
Three circular images depicting the topography, night sky, and plant lore of the surrounding area hand drawn by Emily Robyn Archer and digitally printed locally.
Inspired by the wind singing through agricultural steel gates on site the artists set abut creating a sound sculpture that would play the wind vanes.
18m long sun bleached flag mounted on the cusp of the headland. The echo of the light gives three directions to the wind.
A woven tapestry using natural and found material hanging inside the copper miners lodge.
Aluminium scales facing the light from the Fastnet Lighthouse.
CONCH // PERFORMANCE
Octagonal conch structure built by Anna Wylie using scraps of corrugated iron and old pallets Sited looking back at Barley Cove Beach. 5 Tracks created by Margie Jean Lewis played through speakers inside the conch. Recordings included samples of sea shanties. recordings of local séanós singer Peggy, and samples of quartz found on site.
Daily performance by Margie Jean Lewis.
Reflection & refraction of the sky on land using perspex planted into the landscape. The audience could experience the sky reflected on the ground as they walked around the sculpture.
TOMBOLO 2016 took place on the tombolo headland at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork.
Co-ordinates: 51°27'24.1"N 9°45'23.6"W
We are extremely grateful to everybody that donated to TOMBOLO. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody who came down and helped, cooked, laughed, ate, climbed fences, took photos, sat around the fire, basked in the September sunlight, and braved the torrential downpour during take down.
Through this generous support we raised enough to make the project happen and to pay our artists a stipend. It is the foundation of what this project will become.
There were a couple of folk whose generosity really made an impact to what we were able to achieve. We would like to show our special thanks to the following people:
JOHN + JACKIE WALSH
ELIZA + EVIE WARD
BODY & SOUL Festival
MARIE MC CAGUE