Monday 22 December 2014

Tickled pink as alien invasion lands

Published 26/07/2014 | 02:30

Pink aliens from outer space have landed and run riot on the streets of Galway as they explore the city and interact with it's people as part of the Galway International Art Festival. The Festival will run from the 14th - 27th July 2014. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Pink aliens from outer space have landed and run riot on the streets of Galway as they explore the city and interact with it's people as part of the Galway International Art Festival. The Festival will run from the 14th - 27th July 2014. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Pink aliens from outer space have landed and run riot on the streets of Galway as they explore the city and interact with it's people as part of the Galway International Art Festival. The Festival will run from the 14th - 27th July 2014. Picture: Hany Marzouk

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.

Irish Independent

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