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- Enhancement: Since its inception, the Sculpture Trail has heightened the scenic beauty and wealth of cultural heritage. The Trail is further complemented by the preceding Céide Fields Interpretative Centre which, in itself, proved the impetus for this undertaking.
- For further information: The North Mayo Sculpture Trail book is now available. This 60-page book places each sculpture in context with notes on the location, artist, sculpture, history, flora and fauna. Contact Ann & Laurence Howard, Claggan Island, for further information and pricing for post and packing, on e-mail below.
- Meitheal: In keeping with the nature of the Sculptures, and the area of North Mayo, the tasks involved in creating the trail took the form of a traditional Irish method of working namely a Meitheal - where a group of workers come together to achieve a common objective.
The North Mayo Sculpture TrailBallina Mayo - Ireland West
The North Mayo Sculpture Trail - Tír Sáile - is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. It entailed the putting in place of fourteen site specific Sculptures along the North Mayo Coast. The trail is supplemented by an exhibition site at which the work of guest sculptors or temporary exhibitions are accommodated. History: The general idea for the Sculpture Trail had its genesis in the discovery of the most extensive Neolithic site in the world at Céide Fields on the North Mayo Coast. The Sculptures were put in place during 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000, which was a year-long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. In many ways, North Mayo presented the perfect backdrop to an undertaking of this kind. The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape and cultural heritage combined perfectly to provide inspiration for the artists in the creation of their work. The sculptures have very much added to rather than detracted from their settings. The work on site was conducted during the course of a three week-long sculptural symposium in June 1993.
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Address: Claggan Island, Bunnahowen, Ballina, Co Mayo, Republic Of Ireland