Miriam Mc Connon’s ‘hanky tree’ - The Touring Tama - will be exhibited on a large London plane tree in Merrion Square, Dublin until 24th June.
The huge cloth or ‘Tama’ is made up of handkerchiefs and traditional lace, sewn together, which the artist has collected from the people of Cyprus and Ireland.
The installation is an initiative of Dublin City Parks and Dublin City Public Art Programme to commemorate Ireland’s presidency of the European Union 2013. and the Lord Mayor, Naoise O’Muiri will launch the outdoor installation at Merrion Square on Friday, 14th June at 12.30pm.
The Touring Tama was previously exhibited at the UNESCO heritage site of Paphos, Cyprus in September 2012 to commemorate Cyprus’ presidency of the European Union. The ancient tree of St. Solomoni in Paphos, known as the hanky tree, is a place where people have visited for hundreds of years to hang handkerchiefs in memory of those loved ones who have died or who are sick. Tama is the Greek word for the handkerchiefs that are hung onto the tree.
Everybody is invited to hang handkerchiefs onto and under the tree at Merrion Square Park during the tour. They will be sewn onto the large Tama by the artist after the installation ends allowing it to grow even bigger before it hopefully travels to Athens, Greece in 2014.
Miriam McConnon was born in Dublin 1977. She graduated from The National College of art and Design, Dublin in 1999. In 2000 she completed a postgraduate diploma at the Cyprus College of Art. Miriam’s recent projects include participation in the 8th Beijing Biennale at the Chinese Museum of Contemporary Art (2012), International Drawing Biennale and Symposium, Pilsen, Czech Republic, and Biennale of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland (2012)