Signals from the River can be viewed on Nicholas St in Limerick City. Picture: Nigel Dugdale
Signals from the River project brings a splash of colour to Nicholas St
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
Signals from the River is a socially engaged participatory arts project by artists Chelsea Canavan and Deirdre Power, as well as those from local communities by way of the River Shannon.
The project is the result of River Signals by Chelsea and Deirdre. They wanted their project to focus on developing relations with communities, by exploring shared narratives around the rivers and seas. Projects like this engage with community ecology through water heritage and culture, framed within sustainable and traditional ecosystems unfolding every day.
The flags were made during Culture Night 2021 to celebrate our relationship with water. The aim of this was to co-create a set of flags where the relationship between people and place can convey a story to the broader public. Participants in the workshop were then able to bring their flags home.
Each uniquely created flag was documented and is now part of a flag set visible on Nicholas Street since Wednesday, October 20.
The flag display already has people talking, with Nigel Dugdale saying, “So great to see Nicholas St brightened up as part of River Signals project,” on Twitter, and other users commenting that it, “looks great,” and is, “very nice indeed.”
Raising the tones on Nicholas St – River Signals – Artists @DeirdreAPower & Chelsea Canavan with @limerickcitycdp. Supported by @creativeirl @LimerickArts @LmkCivicTrust @WatersProgramme #eco #waterpaths pic.twitter.com/cMZMS5XyIe
— Deirdre Power (@DeirdreAPower) October 20, 2021
The colourful and vivid flags wonderfully complement the nearby mural of Dolores O’Riordan by Dublin street artist Aches.
This project has allowed relations between citizens’ science and creative practice to enable new possibilities, such as the wonderful new flag display.
Artist Deirdre Power said that the project is, “Reimagining space – merging community ecology and river data, enabling new opportunities on the island that ‘stands proudly from the sea.’”
The flag-making workshops made a platform for a shared conversation around the cultural and ecological heritage of riverine communities. The collection of water data and local river stories merge with histories and the politics of space. This knowledge is adapted into a process that creates patterns, visual semaphores, and weaves new narratives relating to our sense of place.
The Signals from the River is a contributing workshop to the Water Paths Project and Eco Showboat Project.
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