Missionary 52, -7, The Good Hatchery, 2010.

Collaborative outdoor commission for Commonage, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

Missionary 52, -7 was commissioned for Commonage, an exhibtion and series of events exploring community in contemporary rural Ireland using art and architecture, curated by Jo Anne Butler, Tara Kennedy and Rosie Lynch. This work is the fifth collaborative work by Carl Giffney and Ruth E Lyons, whose collaborations are made under the name of the art space they direct, The Good Hatchery.

Missionary 52, -7 was sited on the top of an ancient Norman Moat and Bailey in Callan town, Co. Kilkenny. The structure took much of its influence from contemporary peace keeping missions and mobile scientific exploration. It is an independent, diesel powered object that powers its own industrial lights and internal projection that displays images of high divers from all around the world in mid motion- as propaganda. The work took its influence from the connections between the recent bypass road built around Callan, the Camphill community and the History of the Moat itself. It is said that once Callans moto was "Keep watching the skies".

For three weeks Missionary 52, -7 kept its position on the Moate and many people came to see it by day and night.

9 x 5.5 x 3.3 metres approx.
Timber, metal, projector, diesel generators, industrial lights.

An article about Commonage by Cliodhna Shaffrey entitled Architectural Essence recently appeared in the Visual Artists
Ireland Newsleter.

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