Thank you to all the participants 180 + who decided on the colour scheme and the title of this artwork. This artist led permanent piece required many hands to add to the work and give it meaning and value. Each family selected a pillar, a colour to paint it and many, many titles for the work. One title Rainbow Forest was drawn out of a hat just before the unveiling on Saturday night the 11th October. The pillars were all interconnected by narrow red ribbons and each post had a light on it for the ceremony, which took place in the dark after dinner.
The local bird life were attracted to the sculpture from the word go – they used the top of the post to rest and observe the world from! I returned two days after the event to put on a coat of varnish and I had to clean the tops of the posts after they had left their debris.
Lights ready for attachment
After dinner at the opening
This exciting outdoor sculpture project in Barretstown Camp is supported by Barretstown, Kildare County Council Arts Office and Kildare Arts and Wellbeing. Many thanks to all the exceptional participants for their input, to Caroline, Ger, Claire and Carolann without whom this project may not have happened. We were blessed with the weather, the sun shone for the entire weekend.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the opening of Paul Newman’s Barretstown Camp, outside Naas, a truly magical place to be!
I am one of over 200 artists from around the world who
have donated notebooks – sometimes reluctantly as notebooks are often very personal and private. However, seeing the notebooks displayed collectively allows participants to experience how an individual thing becomes greater in the shared experience.
‘There is a spirit of great generosity behind the Kildare Artist Notebook Project. It begins with the act of giving a blank A5 Moleskin notebook to an artist. It ends with the completed notebook being returned. And so each notebook is a reciprocal gift. From this doubled magnanimity everything in the project flows.
There is little that is more tempting and more terrifying than a blank notebook – it is full of promise and potential; it is difficult to begin, to break the blankness of the first page with a mark or incision. And it is almost impossible to finish. But these notebooks are beautifully complete. Individually they are insights into how each artists imagines their process of making and crafting’. Dr Colin Graham – April 2014. See more: http://www.kildarenotebookproject.com/