Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to announce the launch of The Hide Project which will be introduced to the public with the opening of one of its core elements – The Hide Sculpture by Councillor Darragh Butler, Mayor of Fingal, Monday 13th March, 2pm Balleally Landfill, Lusk North County Dublin.
In 2007 artist Garrett Phelan was selected by Fingal County Council, Dublin, to imagine and conceive a public art project as part of the Council's Public Art Programme funded through the State's Per Cent for Art Scheme*. Over an extended period of research, conversation and negotiation he presented the idea of THE HIDE PROJECT. The Hide Project is an expansive, artwork in several parts, inspired by the Rogerstown Estuary Balleally, in Lusk, an area renowned for its magnificent bird life.
THE HIDE PROJECT consists of four interconnected elements:
THE HIDE SCULPTURE,
THE HIDE SUITE,
THE HIDE SCULPTURE, located on the North County’s landfill site at Balleally, is the core of the project. It is a large-scale permanent sculptural installation consisting of a fully functioning purpose built, artist designed and customised Bird Hide, with a gateway and pathway amidst the natural foliage and fauna of the area. THE HIDE SCULPTURE It is a sculptural work that provides a service to the visitor as a fully functioning Bird Hide, and a key observation point from which to view birds along the Rogerstown Estuary. THE HIDE SCULPTURE is cast in dyed green concrete with a hyper-realistic wooden texture finish.The artist has hand carved the entire wooden interior of the Hide Sculpture with images depicting symbolism associated with the site and the artists own work.THE HIDE SCULPTURE is a participatory, public artwork which will be activated by the artist for the visitors to Balleally at designated times.
THE HIDE SUITE is a beautiful box set of 26 wonderful artist's prints which were produced in association with Stoney Road Press in the context of THE HIDE PROJECT and THE HIDE SCULPTURE. Each print features a detailed drawing of selected bird species recorded at the site by the artist and which visitors to THE HIDE SCULPTURE can expect to see. The drawings are interspersed with the artist’s own personal and visual vocabulary of recurring motifs such as radios, microphones, batteries and cosmological references. These motifs are consistently repeated within Phelan's practice and are also integrated into the fabric of THE HIDE SCULPTURE. This series will be launched at Stoney Road press, Dublin 1,later this year.
www.thehideproject.com is designed to be a valuable platform for the public to explore the ongoing documentation of the project. The website will feature video, text, and podcasts with the artist,commissioners,Balleally staff,bird watchers who frequent the vicinity and biodiversity specialists. It will also host the details of the ongoing activities and opening times where the conversation will continue live.
The entirety of THE HIDE PROJECT takes the form of a 21st century functional monument dedicated to the people of Fingal and to their proximity to, and relationship with, the landscape. In particular, it honours those who have given of their time for the protection, preservation and conservation of the local environment, its flora and its fauna.
Love in Perpetum- The Hide Sculpture
Visits to the Hide Sculpture will be made available through scheduled dates and times, which will be updated on our dedicated website,
Admission is free.
For further information please contact:
Public Art Co-ordinator for
Fingal County Council
Getting there from Dublin City Centre:Head North towards M1Belfast, Take Exit 4/R132,continue north at Blakes Cross,take the right on to the R127,take immediate right onto Balleally Lane,follow the Road to the Balleally Landfill, Entrance signposted on the right.
GARRETT PHELAN - Context
The practice of ornithology has long been a strong feature of Phelan's work. Birds and their behaviours are for Phelan an enduring symbol for him to explore the complex systems at play within our own society. They are the interface between humans and the wild world. They are messengers, militants, migrants and the oracles of our environment.
The activity of birdwatching became popular during the Industrial Revolution where an increasingly busy population sought opportunities to slow down and to re-acquaint themselves with nature, as cities began to encroach on the surrounding countryside. THE HIDE PROJECT, under the auspices of the public art genre and even birdwatching itself, provides a democratic space, acting like the space of radio, a recurrent feature of the artist's practice will provide us with a rare opportunity to tune in and receive transmissions from the edge of a delicate ecological sanctuary at Balleally.
Garrett Phelan seeks to create both a strongly emotive and immersive experience for his audience. By being present at THE HIDE SCULPTURE at designated times he is inviting us to begin the conversation about the environment, society and art's place within in it.