Mobile Monuments – Commemorating 1916 through art and performance
Fingal County Council launches 1916 Commemorative Public Art Commission
Fingal County Council are pleased to announce the launch of their new public art commission which has been produced as part of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme. Artists Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness have worked in collaboration with a number of local senior and school groups to create Mobile Monuments which will begin travelling to Swords, Rush, Garristown and Castaheany during the month of April in advance of Fingal’s flagship Commemorative Day on April 24th in Swords Castle.
The Mobile Monuments are a series of sculptures built on 3 rickshaw tricycles that have the capacity to fold out and transform into colourful sites for performance and gathering when they arrive at their destinations. The artists are currently putting the final elements to the project through their workshops with Swords Senior Citizens, Rush ICA, Swords Educate Together, St. Mary’s National School, Garristown, St. Catherine’s National School in Rush and Castaheany Educate Together, Dublin 15. The artists and the groups have created props, banners, costumes and performances for the Monuments that will then move and live as the 1916 rising is commemorated in Fingal.
Through the workshops the groups have been exploring various themes associated with the activities and the collective thinking around the 1916 rising The availability and use of bicycles was a key component in the transfer of information as many of the messages delivered to the volunteers would have been by bicycle, often by a female messenger such as Mary (Molly) Adrien who delivered dispatches from Pearse in the GPO to Thomas Ashe in the Swords area. Bicycles were also a symbol of freedom, especially for women as it allowed them to put greater distances away from their home-place and move towards the greater independence that would unfold in the coming years.
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid reflecting on Fingal County Council’s 1916 Commemorative Programme reaffirmed that 'The men and women from Fingal in 1916, who played a vital role in the Rising were very young, politically active and socially aware, just as Fingal today is diverse, youthful, vibrant, engaged and socially aware'.
Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator with Fingal County Council, commented, “Mobile Monuments is an ambitious and vibrant commission which has provided a unique opportunity for us to engage with Fingals younger citizens to re-imagine the activities which led up to 1916; while allowing us to question what purpose a monument serves in how we remember and commemorate. We hope that people throughout Fingal and beyond will come to the gatherings and engage with the Mobile Monuments as they travel throughout the county”.
The Mobile Monuments will begin their journey in April and you can catch them en-route at the following dates and locations:
11.00 am on Friday 8th of April - Kenure Park, Rush
Performance with the students of St. Catherine’s N.S
11.00 am on Friday 15th of April - Performance in Garristown Main Street
Performance with the students of Swords Educate Together and St. Mary’s National School, followed by a celebration in the presence of Mayor of Fingal Cllr David O’Connor and Chief Executive of Fingal County Paul Reid.Followed by tea & coffee at Garristown Community Centre
11.00 am on Friday 22nd of April - Performance in Castaheany, Ongar Park
Performance with the students of Castaheany Educate Together
You can also see the Mobile Monuments at the Swords 1916 Commemoration Parade on the 24th of April.
Mobile Monuments is part of Fingal County Council’s Centenary Programme, which will see over 50 lectures, film screenings, performances, re-enactments, talks and exhibitions cumulate in a special Commemorative Day in Swords on Sunday 24th April 2016.
For further information on the full Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme visit: www.fingal.ie