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Giant elk spotted at Dunree 05.07.21

OVER the month of July visitors to Linsfort should notice some added attractions to the breathtaking landscape as they walk around the grounds at Fort Dunree.
Artlink have invited seven artists to help create Begin the Begin, an outdoor art trail. Walking around the site at Fort Dunree, visitors will encounter sculptures along the pathways, installations on platforms, inside pill boxes and in some cases invitations to interact with the works.
Kevin Harkin created a giant elk on the grounds at Dunree Fort.
The participating artists are Noel Brady, Catherine Ellis, Brendan Farren, Julie Griffiths, Kevin Harkin, Kate McSharry, and Sue Morris. They were inspired by the concept of “Turas” - a term meaning pilgrimage or journey - which was chosen to form part of the “Colmcille 1500” celebrations marking the legacy of St Colmcille. Each artist has created work which they feel complements both the theme and the special location at Fort Dunree.
The artworks are diverse: from installations in corrugated iron, concrete and sound to sculptures using wood and willow; from journeys walking across the grass to evocations of journeys past, across the ocean.
Sue Morris’ work is a site-responsive installation located in one of the pillboxes, perched on the headland looking out to the Atlantic. The work is a gentle intervention; its intent is to dis-arm or neutralize the building of its original usage.
Brendan Farren has created a wooden arch. Every journey begins with that first intentional step, crossing the threshold between the ordinary and the sacred, and this arch will define and delineate this beginning, your first step into the other.
Catherine Ellis’ piece explores departure. Looking out at the calm waters of Lough Swilly it’s difficult to imagine that the waves can be as high as houses out in the open sea. This work is inspired by anyone who has had to take that journey, now or in the past.
Julie Grifiths will produce a path by walking it repeatedly, over the time of the exhibition, as an invitation to others to follow. This path will dissolve back into the landscape after the exhibition ends.
Kate McSharrys concrete sculptures are accompanied by audio that encourages the viewer to take time to pause; feel the ground beneath.
Kevin Harkin decided to build his own corrugated lookout tower in the form of a mobile Irish Elk, ready for battle to defend our right to move freely like deer.
Noel Brady's sculptures are vessels for gathering, which echo the form of wicker baskets and creels, shaped in part like ballistic shells. Visitors are encouraged to carry with them a stone to locate in the container.

Begin the Begin can be seen at Fort Dunree daily from sunrise to sunset until 2nd August 2021. Entrance to the grounds is free.
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