Lets Stay Together: THE HIDE SCULPTURE

For this week's 'Let's Stay Together', we chat to artist Garrett Phelan creator of THE HIDE SCULPTURE, located at the Rogerstown Park, Lusk. As we try to navigate the future opportunities to be meaningfully public thinking around THE HIDE SCULPTURE as Art which has a function has allowed to consider the notion of the term Public Art and the many forms in which it is still possible to take even with our current restrictions. The space itself allows for the distancing required by the birdwatcher while being a 21st Century monument dedicated to the people of Fingal that actively invites a range of engagements across the spheres of education, activism, music and community which enable conversations around the place of art in society.

We marked this years Summer Solstice with a new programme, 'Once Upon a Sound' at THE HIDE SCULPTURE has been created with radio broadcaster Donal Dineen, who, over the course of the year will interview and host a selection of performances and conversations which link us to the deep listening and indeed endlessly public properties of this sculpture at the Rogerstown Estuary. His first guest is singer Liam Ó Maonlaí who discusses the traditional Irish song 'Sadhbh ní Bhruinneallaigh' and the musical parallels between African and Celtic rhythms alongside his own personal connection to the harp.

Garrett Phelan is a visual artist who works across the mediums of drawing, sculpture, radio and performance, he is a strong advocate for the function of art and the opportunities that its space presents for sharing and exchanging knowledge which attempt to address some of the inequalities which exist in society while celebrating the potential to mobilise communities against them.

The interview with Garrett Phelan for 'Let’s Stay Together' can found here:  https://vimeo.com/432899933

The full Liam O’Maonlai performance with Donal Dineen titled 'Once Upon a Sound' can be found here: http://https://vimeo.com/430865646