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Coming Full Circle

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In 1975, world renowned sculptor Richard Long created “A Circle in Ireland” on Doolin Point, Co. Clare. Over the years the stone circle has fallen into disrepair. Burren College of Art students and staff are collaborating with Clare Arts Office, Creative Ireland and Galway 2020 to restore the circle during a performative event that will happen at the site on a date to be decided in December. The performance will take the form of a ceremonial group ‘restoration action’ on the elemental, karst limestone coast line near Doolin Pier.


Film artist Tom Flanagan will document the event and create a short film to be published online and screened publicly at Burren College of Art when conditions allow, early in 2021. BCA Head of Sculpture, Dr Áine Phillips, will co-ordinate the event and musician/sound artist Brian Fleming will compose a sound score to accompany the performance. Masters of Fine Art students will devise and perform the ‘restoration action’. 


In response to Burren College of Art’s proposal to perform a restoration action at “A Circle in Ireland”, Richard Long wrote:


A Circle in Ireland, 1975, is part of a story. In 1967 I came to Co. Cork with a 

“travelling” sculpture: three concentric circles, in segments, which I assembled

in different natural locations. The circles were the same, but each place gave its 

particular characteristics to the work, like undulations, or stones, for example.

It was sculpture as place, so the work was unique at each place, like a footprint.


In 1974, from near Doolin, I started a coast to coast walk across Ireland, placing

a stone on the road at every mile along the way. A Walk of 164 Miles, A Line of 164 Stones.

Since making my first circle in nature in 1966, I have made many circles in different natural

landscapes in the world, from the Andes to Africa to Antarctica. 


Often these sculptures are like stopping places on long distance walks. They are usually

anonymous, temporary marks of passage. Originally my Circle in Ireland was intended like

this, but by now it seems to have taken on a life of its own. With the attention of the students

of the Burren College of Art, I think the work is in good hands.



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