Artist: Fionnuala Hanahoe
Location: Lough Lannagh, Castlebar
Title: Bridging Sounds - LANDMARK Public Art Programme
Medium: sound installation,
Date: April 2012
Materials: Perspex, sound cards,
Dimensions: full length of pedestrian bridge,
Bridging Sounds was a temporary installation of sound making devices that were activated by passers-by as they crossed the new bridge at Lough Lannagh. These devices allowed an ephemeral and immersive expression by participants at the site.
Fionnuala is interested in the experiential elements of time and space. Using materials which encourage immersive, playful and open-ended engagement. She is interested in placing the work literally in the hands of viewers so that they may create their own space. Whether that space is relational or self-reflexive, visible or invisible, internal or external, is up to the viewer.
Her work specifically investigates the notion of a poetic space through the exploration of our physical environment. Fionnuala’s starting point for this artwork was taken from the title of the commission, Landmark. She considered mark making: early mark making in early civilization, early mark making in childhood, the lasting physical marks made in history by our built environment, the marks made by our architecture, the marks made in our memories and our artistic and expressive mark-making processes.
Bridging Sounds was a temporary installation of sound making devices that were activated by passers-by as they crossed the new bridge at Lough Lannagh. These devices allowed an ephemeral and immersive expression by participants at the site. The work explores the expressive marks we may leave on the landscape, both permanent and temporary, and how these may alter our perception of place.
The Landmark public art programme was launched in April 2012. Percent for Art funds were carefully pooled to create a collection of commissions for a wide range of artists working in a number of art forms. Key to the thinking behind the programme was a desire to strategically commission works that would complement each other in the same environment, add value to each project and attract artists working at all levels, from emerging to well established.