Mayo: Explore the mysteries of mythology

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Over the last 12 years, Travis Price, an architecture professor from Washington DC, has been building mythological portals in remote areas of Mayo and even remoter areas around the world under the title Spirit of Place

He has erected a star-gazing temple at Machu Picchu, a Snake Shrine in Nepal and a floating oratory on the Amazon, as well as some amazing shrines and sacred portals along the coastline of County Mayo.

With the help of architectural students from the Catholic University of America, Washington DC and local Mayo craftsmen these otherworldly art projects celebrate Irish stories and mythological understandings in a modern idiom.  They have won prestigious awards from the American Institute of Architects and have been covered in the Washington Post, New York Times and National Geographic, but are barely known in Ireland.

In Mayo you can discover:

  • 2002    ‘Thin Places’ – Two Shrines dedicated to those Lost at Sea.  Anagh Head, Geographical coordinates: Latitude 54. 237; Longitude -10° 0887
  • Doonamoe, Belmullet. Geographical coordinates: Latitude 54. 224998; Longitude -9° 990833
  • 2004    ‘Vault of Heaven’ – A Shrine Processional dedicated to the children of Erris.  Scotts Port, Belmullet. Geographical coordinates: Latitude 54° 13' 30; Longitude 9° 59' 27
  • 2005    'The Children of Lir' – A tale of 900 years told in sculpted land. Ceathrú Thaidhg. Geographical coordinates: Latitude 53° 07' 29; Longitude 9° 40' 00
  • 2007    'Temple of the Tides' – Small reflection chapel dedicated to ‘the Emerging Irish’.  Belmullet.
  • 2013    ‘Tale of the Tongs – The Gathering’— Inishturk Island.  Geographical coordinates: Latitude 53° 42' 30.57; Longitude -10° 60' 35.658
  • 2014    'The Crossing' – an architectural and landscape installation around a blow hole at a remote sea-stack near Ballycastle at Downpatrick Head. Geographical coordinates: Latitude 54° 19' 33.49; Longitude 9° 20' 44.45

For more detailed information check out the Spirit of Place website.

You can also read about the project in The Mythic Modern:  Architectural Expeditions into the Spirit of Place by Travis Price, a publication: with an introduction by Wade Davis of the National Geographic Society. 

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