Imagine that -- €9,000 arts grant to go up in smoke
THE Government has refused to explain why the taxpayer is spending thousands of euro on a wooden temple that will be burnt to the ground at a US festival next month.
The State-funded Imagine Ireland, set up to help promote Irish art in the US, is giving €9,000 to Dublin-based James Diarmaid Horkan to build the temple, which will be destroyed during the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
The 'Temple of Transition', is the largest arts commission awarded by Burning Man, one of the largest arts and culture festivals in the US. It will take the form of a 120-foot tower and five 58-foot towers.
''The function of the temple within the Burning Man community is a place where people can leave memories or mementos to people they have lost, and they want the thing to burn so they can let these people go,'' said Mr Horkan.
Imagine Ireland spokeswoman Madeline Boughton defended the spend, saying it was charged with opening new markets for emerging artists.
The Department of Arts did not return calls.