above: installed at Kells Priory, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

above: installed at Strata Florida Abbey, Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales

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Playboy Riot Protection Structure, 2005
scaffold, polycarbonate, vinyl adhesive stickers, hi-viz jackets, foam tubing
approx. 200 x 200 x 600 cm

Exhibited at "Strata", Strata, Florida, Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales 19/6/05 - 2/7/05 and Kells Priory, Kells, Ireland and 14/8/05 - 28/0/05; Nun's Island Studio, Galway 26/09/05 - 22/10/05

 

left: installed at Kells Priory, Co Kilkenny
right: installed at Nun's Island Studio, Galway

The work makes reference to the riots that occurred after the first performance of The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1907, pointing to the explosive reaction that was provoked by the meeting of old perceptions and new perspectives of an apparently shared cultural tradition. The architectural elements are taken from the fašade of the Abbey theatre from the early 20th century.

left: installed at Strata Florida Abbey, Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales; view of gate
right: installed at Nun's Island Studio, Galway