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PICS: These Giant Characters Have Popped Up On Inis Oírr

By Jen

May 29, 2018 at 11:50am


Massive art installations have taken up residence on Inis Oírr, just off the coast of Galway.

The six sculptures were created by illustrator Egle Zvirblyte in collaboration with Hen's Teeth, an art gallery and lifestyle store in Dublin.

Taking inspiration from the history of Inis Oírr, Egle created a cast of characters ranging from eight to 16 feet tall and are hand-painted in bright colours.

Egle’s sculptures can be seen from a distance, and make an impression against the dramatic landscape of this unique and rugged island.

Sculpture 2

Drawing from the famous shipwrecking of the cargo vessel, Plassey, the characters can be seen making off with their loot of whiskey, toilet bowls and shoes. 

Sculpture 3

Speaking about the exhibiting on the island, Egle said, "I wanted to inhabit the island with bonkers characters that stem from the mythology of the place, that were born and bred by the stories of the locals and the natural setting of Inis Oírr. Hopefully these new inhabitants will add to the island's narrative and become protagonists of new tales to be passed on!"

Sculpture 4

Grey Spring, Curator and Founder of Hen's Teeth said, "we've loved Egle’s work for so long... we've asked her to respond to stories from the island, and I think people have been blown away by what she's produced."

The sculptures will be in situ until this Friday, the 1st of June.

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