It hasn’t happened, yet.

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Our first attempt at creating a link between The Rock and the Arts Centre came a cropper last night. After weeks of planning, sourcing equipment with support from local business and agencies and with near perfect weather conditions I thought to myself, Yes, we can do this. We had two teams of three at each location (the arts centre and the Rock) as well as photographers ready to document the process.  Our opening sequence was to project a silhouette of O’Donovan Rossa onto the East Elevation. We were all set. The generator was fired up, we plugged the lamp in and then the bulb blew. Disbelief and disappointment followed but still we didn’t give up. I knew we could get another light bulb so we chased that down, but the fitting was fused to the blown bulb and we couldn’t replace it.

Meanwhile, at the Arts Centre, it became evident that the planned extinguishment of street lights did not include a very bright one still shining outside Gallery 2 on the first floor. This caused concern that the floodlights in the gallery would not have the desired effect. Between the Rock and the Art place we had no room for manoeuvre had we had to cancel our plans.

I was so sorry to disappoint the many people who had worked hard to make this happen. All I can say is that it hasn’t happened yet.

Signal Chance

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This initial foray in illumination has been tough. The light only arrived on Wednesday – but wow, was she worth waiting for – a beautifully tooled piece of equipment that can only be described as having great poise. She is big with a 2000kw bulb that was way too much for my domestic generator. Fortunately we had an electrician volunteering his services to assist, Civil Defence were great in giving logistical support too. And so having secured the light the hunt for a suitably powered generator began with only two days to go. Again we did not have to look far with Skibbereen Tool Hire generously stepping in. So tonight (Thursday) we had our first run through – working out time ratios, language devised for operation (mostly counting between on /off and stop) choreographing scenes between each location. It feels great to be started, but we are short a participant who has had an unexpected visit to hospital and who will be missed. Tomorrow night we will activate the signal light after the recreation of the O’Donovan Rossa Parade and while street lights are turned off in a first attempt at enLIGHTenment, as it is billed for Skibbereen Arts Festival.

Elevation(s) – work in progress schedule

Elevation(s) – work in progress schedule

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The programme of project work in progress is included as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival launched this evening. I took up a studio residency at Uillinn – West Cork Arts Centre today.Now I can see a sliver of the Rock through my window. I was warmly welcomed by Toma McCullim & Al Zarube who are also artists in residence and got great support from WCAC staff.

Urban Explorer Starts Tuesday 16th June @ 6:30pm

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We will have our first foray starting at the top of the Rock at the Famine Memorial.  If you haven’t been before,  there is an entrance just opposite the eircom building at the top of High St, walk up the pedestrian lane about 100 metres and you’re there. You might want to wear runners – the ground can be a bit rough for sandals. There is parking for one or two cars on the hard shoulder opposite the entrance but you might be better off leaving your car by the Garda Station & walking up. Credit to Nikki Kitley for the fab photos taken from the Rock

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