Mapping out life with art poetry

The Athy Heritage Centre is getting a new lease of life, quite literally, with the Life:Map exhibition. Fresh from Electric Picnic, the collaboration is an interactive installation featuring original poetry by Athy’s David Delaney. It is brought to life in a series of ‘rooms’ each of which depicts a particular stage of an individual’s life.

The Athy Heritage Centre is getting a new lease of life, quite literally, with the Life:Map exhibition. Fresh from Electric Picnic, the collaboration is an interactive installation featuring original poetry by Athy’s David Delaney. It is brought to life in a series of ‘rooms’ each of which depicts a particular stage of an individual’s life.

Poetry can be found on soles of shoes, written inside drawers and on rocking chairs and so on. The centrepiece of the exhibit is a bed, the duvet on which is made entirely from paper and thread - individual poems sewn together by Jayne Louise Kelly.

David Delaney is the poetic mind with pen, crayon pencil or chalk in his hand and Jayne Louise Kelly is the artist creating art work drawing with thread stitching, graphite, wax, glue, bleach and her favourite, cooking oil.

Speaking to the Leader David said the motive behind the piece is celebration. “It’s unique and interactive. People can explore the different rooms, sit down, writes poems even and also reflect on their own lives,” he explained. “It’s about having no regrets. It is what it is. It’s a circle and you can go back and explore that circle. The piece is very much in the now.”

Life:Map will be in the Heritage Centre from 14-28 September.

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