Walking Silvermines /Siúlóid Béal Átha Gabhann is a public artwork in Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, arising from a previous public artwork titled Imagining Silvermines; a psychogeography carried out by Fiona Woods during her time as visual-artist-in-residence for North Tipperary in 2007.
In response to that first project and in consultation with the people of Silvermines, Woods wanted to create something that would reflect and address the community's desire for a tourist industry, presently absent as a result of the contamination of lands and watercourses with toxic materials from mineworks in the area.
The Silvermines community are very keen to present their 'heritage' to the public, so Walking Silvermines /Siúlóid Béal Átha Gabhann attempts to provide them with such an opportunity, whilst simultaneously reflecting critically on the construction of pasts and the way that the Heritage industry packages a place and a past for tourist consumption.
This 'walking project', consisting of 13 double-sided signs, a guidebook / map and a website is being carried out by Woods working with artists Clive Moloney, Sally Anne McFadden and designer Dave Wrenne. It is part-funded by North Tipperary County Council and is made possible by the generosity of the people of Silvermines in sharing their knowledge and archive materials.
As a third and final stage of public consultation the website www.walkingsilvermines.net is now online, inviting comments from the public.
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