Friday 15 December 2017

No man is an island . . . unless he's a fringe artist

Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

No man is an island? Well, Dubliners who have lofty dreams of escaping to a desert island only need look to the River Liffey for a glimpse of inspiration.

After the success of last year's LiffeyTown, Irish artist Fergal McCarthy has returned to the River Liffey with a new art installation as part of Dublin's Absolut Fringe Festival.

A desert island appeared on the water near the IFSC in the early hours of yesterday morning, complete with sand, palm trees and a bright orange tent.

"I wanted to create a paradise island in the middle of a waterway that is equal to the Thames, or the Grand Canal in Venice or anywhere else. The idea also comes from my own love of the Liffey and how I was interested in the invisibility of it, how it's almost forgotten among the buildings."

With room for only one, the urban oasis is situated in the centre of Dublin away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday life surrounding it.

As Fergal explains: "I don't see it as an act of madness. But isn't it nice to think that your lives can be penetrated with acts of madness by people like me every now and again."

The artist will live on the 10-metre-wide island, a pontoon perched on top of concrete-filled tractor wheels, for 10 days during the festival, running until September 25.

Sunday Independent

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