Following on the success of TOMBOLO 2016 LOTL returned to Brow Head for the second iteration of TOMBOLO.
For the month of September eight artists - Emily Robyn Archer, Kari Cahill, Sophie Gough, Hazel Mc Cague, Rosie O'Reilly, Felix Power, Theo Shields and Anna Wylie engaged with the landscape at Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork. During the time spent on the tombolo headland they developed and produced site responsive sculptural installations.
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. The exhibition was open to the public over the weekends of the 22nd of September and 29th of September 2017.
The project was part funding by The Arts Council of Ireland and by Cork County Council and through FundIT's crowdfunding platform. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the project.
Take a look through every part of Tombolo 2017. From production to finished works, to the exhibition weekend.
Photographers: Eadaoin Mc Carthy, and Tombolo Artists.
A collaborative piece mimicking Marconi’s experimental arial-kite as he embarked on achieving the first transatlantic radio telecommuniactions. Created by Emily Robyn Archer and Theo Shields using reclaimed optimist sails and willow.
MARCONI WOZ ERE
Spoken work performance by Felix Power drawing from the names scratched into the ruins atop the hill. The narrative used the backdrop of the history of Marconi’s transatlantic telecommunications to juxtapose past and present ideas of authorship.
COMPLETE RUINS - Fathracha Líanta
This work fused the natural elements of the landscape with man made interruptions. Sophie Gough approached this fusion with high regard for both the positive and negative effect the manmade world has on nature which led the audience to question their own standpoint as they experience the landscape through the eyes of the artist.
LIGHT HUNTING CLOUD
Drawing from light and colour studies made during my time on Brow Head I created an elliptical structure from farming posts which sat in the middle of the “steep side of the hill” overlooking the cusp of brow head. The posts highlighted the topography of the terrain underfoot and the shape of the piece invited the audience to wander around it. As they did, they experienced the posts changing colour, mirroring the changing colours of the headland at sunset.
The Telescopes superimpose miniature historical vignettes against the dramatic landscape of Brow Head. Acting like a form of Victorian augmented reality, these microcosmic scenes echo stories from the area that may never enter the history books, or when they do, are recorded as fragmented footnotes or soon to be forgotten afterthoughts. Stories referenced by the telescopes include the time David Attenborough visited the area, the local Walsh women bringing the cows home and the occasion when 8 artists gathered on Brow Head.
FROM BEYOND THE SEA- Tairleareachta
Tairleareachta by Rosie O’Reilly explored the different temporalities of Brow head using the wind. This sculpture installed on the most southern tip of Ireland was designed and built using a basic wind sock model adapted so it would mark a plywood base with stone over 10 days. O’Reilly was interested in creating a work that would be activated by the wind on the headland and physically map it's movement over a fixed period of time. On the headland we heard the wind as sounds along wires, through foliage or hitting the old buildings - could we ever really hear it or see it?
Two Stowaways memorialises another brief footnote in the history books - that of two unnamed stowaways lost in a shipwreck off the coast of Brow Head. Framing Fastnet Rock lighthouse, the telescope, created by Felix Power, features the silhouettes of the mysterious souls who, against the conventional current of emigration, travelled from the New World to the Old - only to falter at the last hurdle and sink into the realms of a passing mention, a brief comment hidden under the weight of lost cargos and valuable merchandise.
SEARCHING BLINDLY - Póirséal
A periscope planted into a deep ravine in the landscape by Anna Wylie. The periscope allowed the viewer to explore the 360 panorama of the site.
Theo Shields created a large scale interactive chess board. Using beach clay from Harlech, North Wales
carried to Brow Head, West Cork September 2017 and
Stone quarried in 1930 from 'Brow Head Granite'
transported by boat to surface English Roads, this piece highlighted the journey of the industry of the site.
COPPER LADDER - Drémire Rua
A copper ladder emerges from the old copper mines situated at the westerly tip of the headland. The piece by Hazel Mc Cague harks back to the industry of copper mining in the area.
This piece was created collaboratively by Anna Wylie and Emily Robyn Archer. The simple frame loom was set up on the shore of Galley Cove for the duration of the exhibition. The piece aimed to draw the audience’s attention to the accumulation of plastics, and discarded materials washing up on the beach by inviting them to weave a Tidal Tapestry out of the materials.
A Collaboration by Emily Robyn Archer and Hazel Mc Cague, the Kreel is a basket used to manually carry rocks, mirroring those used by the copper miners of the last century to carry their heavy loads.
FIELD MAPS 17
Following a natural progression from Tombolo 2016’s Field Maps Emily Robyn Archer created two additional Field Map illustrations illuminating certain aspects of the natural environment.
While one focussed on the abundance of seaweed found on nearby beaches, the other depicted the impact our native language has had on our relationship to the landscape.
HISTORY OF WINDS - Stair na Gaoithe
History of Winds is an audio piece by Rosie O Reilly that was installed in a derelict miners cottage on the headland. Wind was recorded for five consecutive days at different GPS co-ordinates on the headland. The individual tracks were manipulated in order to tell the story of a new temporality; to recognise the diverse experience of sound that the headland holds beyond our immediate presence there.
Behind the scenes photos of how the project came together and the dozens of hands that worked tirelessly to make it all happen.
Crashing waves, magnificent rocks, and deep blue ocean.
Follow the audience as they amble through the headland onto the tip of Brow Head discovering each work of art along the way.
Thanks to Eadaoin McCarthy for capturing the project.
TOMBOLO 2017 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 17. 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.
TOMBOLO 2017 was part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through their Festival & Events Scheme, and by Cork County Council. Between the funding we received through these grants and the money raised through our generous donors we were able to make the project happen. We are grateful for the generosity of everyone who contributes to this project.
There were a couple of folk whose generosity really made an impact to what we were able to achieve.
A very special thanks to:
The TOMBOLO Crew & Volunteers
John + Jackie Walsh
Eliza + Evie Ward
Fingal & Ciara Ferguson
Mari Mhic Thaidhg