Monday, April 21, 2014

Cycling With

















Cycling With is a fantastic project by Irish filmmaker and cycling enthusiast Paddy Cahill. He filmed me cycling around the Liffey recently and you can watch the piece here: http://cyclingwith.com/cycling-with-fergal/

Grafton Street Commission














I entered a competition to design street furniture for Grafton St with the architect Sean Harrington. Our proposal to line the street with casts of my arm pointing towards the sky wasn't selected. 

Rewriting History: The Battle of Clontarf






Liffey Water





MONA, The World's Most Expensive Joke
















I visited MONA, the museum of old and new art in Tasmania recently and wrote a feature about the space and its founder for the Irish Times which you can access by clicking here.





Saturday, February 1, 2014

Word River News


Images by Conor Horgan/Atelier





















Efforts to finally realise Word River are chugging ahead. The project is over two years in development and has proved the most complicated of all my interventions on the Liffey to date.
Essentially Word River is a celebration of Joyce and the river which informed much of his output. It takes the form of a Joycean act, playfully relocating 108 words from Dubliners to the quay walls between O'Connell Bridge and James Joyce Bridge. The 1km long sentence of washed words will be visible for up to 12 months before the patination process consigns the intervention to history.
Permission for Word River is currently being reviewed by Dublin City Council. 2014 marks the centenary of the publication of Dubliners. It would be a great testament to the enduring power of Joyce's words if we manage to complete the project this year. 

Anthem for Drogheda














Anthem for Drogheda was performed on the roof of Scotch Hall shopping centre every sunrise and sunset for five days in August 2013. Australian composer Nick Seymour (also the bassist with Crowded House) was commissioned to write the piece specially for the project. Mark McNulty joined me on tuba and Vincent McArdle played french horn.