The National Sculpture Factory has commissioned artist Eimear Walshe for this year's Neon Public Art Commission, comprising of a new neon sculpture and an interactive publication.
Entitled The Land for the People, the project draws on Walshe's research in 19th and early 20th century land contestation in Ireland, and its significance in the contemporary era. The project comprises a temporary neon sculpture which will be placed on the front facade of the National Sculpture Factory building, which will light up nightly between the summer and winter solstices - 21 June to 21 December 2021 - and an interactive publication based on 19th century political pamphlets. The project is part of a series in Walshe's work which prompts re-imagining land ownership and land use in Ireland.
The new neon sculpture and the publication will be launched on Monday 21 June.
Eimear Walshe is an artist from Longford. Their practice is based on research in fiscal and sexual economies and histories, working to reconcile the aesthetics, values and tastes of their queer and rural subjectivity. Their work is made public through sculpture, publishing, video, performance and lectures, or combinations of these forms.
Supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council.
Image: Walshe, Eimear, The Land Question: Where the fuck am I supposed to have sex? video still, 2020