Bouncy past (Monday 23 August 2010)

compiled by Maria O'Hara
 Jim Ricks: Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen; image held here
Jim Ricks: Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen; image held here

We don’t normally cover works like this but... Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen is a new public art project by Jim Ricks in Aughty that is definitely different. It is part of the Galway County Council Percent for Art Scheme 2010. According to the press release:

The “Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen” by Jim Ricks is a giant inflatable sculpture designed for members of the public, of all ages, to interact with and bounce on. The artwork will be touring venues around the Aughty Region of County Galway during August and September. This is part of a new series of public art works in the Aughty region, commissioned by Galway County Council. The project is also supported b the Arts Council and Clare County Arts Office.
The “Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen” is a replica, at twice the scale, of the famous 6,000 year old megalithic portal tomb of the same name, which is located in the Burren, Co. Clare. Jim Ricks created the interactive soft sculpture with the intention of bringing a portal dolmen to Aughty, a region which has no dolmens, only wedge tombs. The artist has combined an icon of ancient Ireland with an icon of contemporary Ireland, playfully re-presenting elements of Irish culture, often over-used commercially to attract tourism, in an accessible, witty and visually spectacular way.
The general public is warmly invited to come along and enjoy the “Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen” on its debut appearance. This first outing will take place at Kylebrack Woods, Co. Galway, outside the Hill Bar on Saturday 28th from 4.30 to 6pm. People of all ages are invited to view, discuss and bounce on the “Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen” for the afternoon. The event is part of The National Heritage Week's events in North East Galway. A Tóraíocht Taisce (Treasure Hunt) and Bio Blitz will happen in the woods for children from 3.30 to 5pm on the same day.”
The “Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen” will also be at Portumna Castle as part of Shorelines Arts Festival on the 19th September.

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