Tickled pink as alien invasion lands
IT'S art Jim, but not as we know it. An interplanetary expedition of pink aliens crash-landed in Galway yesterday where they quickly introduced themselves to the locals.
The Invasion, an art installation which saw over half a dozen performers painted head to toe in pink, wowed audiences in Eyre Square as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.
Seeing humans for the first time, the aliens, who ranged from humpbacks to torsos on wheels, poked, prodded and jumped on their host species.
While most of the crowd took it in their stride, offering drinks and piggy back rides, it all proved too much for some little spectators who burst into tears as the aliens went on their rampage.
The Invasion, performed by a Slovenia troupe LJUD, have previously exhibited their unusual street spectacle in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Madrid.
As the festival comes to a close this week, organisers estimate that it has brought €25m into the local economy – significantly up on last year's €20.1m. Hotels reported a bumper trade over the two-week festival.