The North Mayo Sculpture Trail
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Claggan Island, Bunnahowen, Ballina, Mayo, Republic of Ireland
The North Mayo Sculpture Trail (Tír Sáile) is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland.
The North Mayo Sculpture Trail (Tír Sáile), was the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. It entailed the putting in place of fourteen site specific sculptures along the north Mayo coast. The trail is supplemented by an exhibition site at which the work of guest sculptors or temporary exhibitions are accommodated.
The general idea for the sculpture trail had its genesis in the discovery of the most extensive Neolithic site in the world at Céide Fields on the north Mayo coast. The sculptures were put in place during 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000, which was a year long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. In many ways, north Mayo presented the perfect backdrop to an undertaking of this kind. The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape and cultural heritage combined perfectly to provide inspiration for the artists in the creation of their work. The sculptures have very much added to rather than detracted from their settings.
The work on site was conducted during the course of a three week long sculptural symposium in June 1993.