Transformations | Sculpture in the Parklands
- art & archaeology
- creative practice
- cultural strategy
- curatorial work
- public art
- visual art
Over 2008-2010, University College Dublin completed a series of collaborative land art interventions with Sculpture in the Parklands (Lough Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly) as part of the Transformations Project. The project realised artist residencies, new public sculptures, academic conferences, educational programmes and web deliverables documenting and promoting the artistic programmes of the project.
The UCD-Sculpture in the Parklands scenario was designed to explore the multiple ways in which we encounter, sense and share places and landscapes. Engaging artists, performers, musicians, writers, academics and local communities, the various components of the project scenario illustrate the many different methods that creative practitioners manifest and articulate understandings of place. While allowing for this diversity in artistic and academic method, the project also sought to bring these various perspectives into active conversation. This effort culminated in the Art in the Land Conference hosted by Sculpture in the Parklands in September 2010 which featured presentations by artists participating in the various residencies and local and international scholars and thinkers as well as performances by artists, dancers and musicians supported by the Transformations project. Throughout this process, the organizers endeavoured to engage the local community in both the manifestation and installation of art works as well as the critical reflection and appreciation of the pieces. Members of Bord na Mona as well as the local community participated in installation works, educational programmes and were invited to various performances and talks throughout the duration of the project.