Yeats Competition | Innisfree, Ireland
Public Art Installation Competition Entry
Celebrating the 150th anniversary birthday of Nobel prize winning poet W B Yeats, we entered the competition to create an installation prefaced by his famous poem about Lake Innisfree. The 12 line stanza reminisces of the poets desire to go to Island on the lake, and immerse himself in the Irish landscape.
Our proposal takes the notion of the island as part of a procession, which may start from an urban context, but ultimately arrives at the western shore of Innisfree. Taking further inspiration from Simon Starlings’ Turner Prize winning ‘Shed-Boat-Shed’, we would manufacture a series of template’s, allowing visitors to lightly insert a walkway, stair, and even shelter for the route across the island.
In line with the competition rules the installation must be temporary. We therefore proposed to exhibit each plate with photos from the procession as part the continuing journey of the artefact.