Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video rendering walk-through of Procession of the Souls

Check out this video rendering walk-through of The Procession of the Souls memorial created by the talented Amirali Ebadi.  

The music is "The Workhouse" from The Burns Sisters new album!

    Student final metaphoric sculpture and poem

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Media Coverage!

The first article about our project appeared in the local newspaper!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Arrival and welcome to Swinford!

The Spirit of Place team arrived at Dublin airport on Sunday morning, with half the group traveling from Washington, and the other half meeting us in Dublin after spending a few days with family and friends exploring the city.  The latter half already had the advantage of adjustment to the local time zone (not fair!)

As has become our custom when bringing newcomers to County Mayo, we first made a visit to Turlough House and the National Museum of Ireland, Museum of Country Life, which offers insightful exhibits about the history, lifeways, crafts, traditions, and folklore of the Irish countryside. It is particularly relevant to the research we conducted for our project on the Great Famine, in telling the story of both the landlords as well as the resilient country people who created their homes in the face of strenuous conditions and hardship. Irish building and crafts entail an inventive use a limited palette of materials for building and design--making use of the elements of earth, clay for the walls of houses, and turf for the hearth, grasses and twigs for roof thatch, and woven basketry for multiple purposes for furnishings, tools, clothing, and ceremonial objects, a simultaneous reflection of necessity, function, and cultural tradition and meaning.

The design of the museum is also an outstanding example of the addition of modern architecture that beautifully complements a well-preserved historic house and landscape.

Fish baskets and lobster pots!

interior clay walls and hearth of thatched cottage

A warm and wonderful welcome awaited Spirit of Place students on arrival to the Gateway Hotel in Swinford.  Our friends and project supporters from the Mayo County Council joined us for a wonderful huge dinner with local lamb and salmon, followed by words of welcome, and traditional Irish music and dance performed by talented Swinford kids and townspeople. A perfect start!

Friday, June 26, 2015

The adventure commences tomorrow, as we head to Swinford County Mayo, Ireland to build our 2015 project, "The Procession of the Souls"!  Watch this space for daily updates on our projects, and features on the students, our team, Swinford, and beautiful County Mayo!

Meantime, check out this awesome article on Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, and founder, architect Travis Price, FAIA in the June 2015 issue of Dwell Magazine!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scenes from the opening events!

From the Symposium!

Students get a round of applause from the symposium audience.

Then...drumroll (or boudrain roll!)...the opening of the project, "The Crossing"!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th! Opening Events for "The Crossing": The Heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way!

We are the heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way!  Check out the daylong program of events on Friday, July 4th (American Independence Day!), culminating with the opening of the Spirit of Place installation, 'The Crossing'.  Join us!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Progress Update! Monday, June 30th

Sunday, June 29

Sunday was another glorious sunny day--we have been so lucky with the weather.  It can't last, and we are racing to make the most of it.

We installed more sections of stainless steel flute fencing, and the sodding continued.  The outside walls of the berm were built up and leveled with the excavator, with peat packed on top as preparation for sod.

The design decision on the paving stones for the walkabout was made:  a minimal one row of stepping stones will give visitors a dry surface to get near the fencing, but will keep the main design gesture intact with the long curve of green over the berm and extending all the way under the fence to the blowhole.  Emily Curato was in charge of this crew, to search out stones that had a subtle inside curvature, to inscribe the curve of the rounded berm on the inside edge, and allow the natural shape of the stone to create a dissipating edge on the outside.  Once the stones were selected and placed, they were buried in to be flush with the sod surface.

Meanwhile, Dannny 2 (Hinchcliff), and and Rossana continued to fine tune the limestone with Viv's help.

Sunday's beautiful weather brought alot of curious visitors wondering what is going down at the Down!  All are invited to our opening festivities this Friday, July 4th and to celebrate Independence Day with us, complete with a BBQ!