Every year in spring people in Sneem meet to prepare for the Tidy Town competition. They come together to discuss the good and the bad of their village, what has improved and what could be bettered. ...
It says NO to eyesores that reflect the wasted years of illusory boom and bloom, but YES to the creativity, resilience and enduring potential of a community that will not lie down in these recessionary times.Sneem Community Notice board 2012
The first [artistic engagement of Gerz in Sneem] involved a fun but serious reflection on the legacy of the Celtic Tiger. In Cul Fadda, the local ghost estate, local teenagers painted murals in the windows depicting scenarios about what the Tiger may be up to post boom. This was a huge success and gave the population an appetite for art engagements.Tina Darb O’Sullivan 2014
Public Authorship / Work in Public Space
22 paintings on plywood and 3 explanatory texts of various dimensions, installed in the empty windows of 10 houses facing the main road of the village as part of a 200 m long street frontage with a total of 42 houses of an abandoned unfinished estate.
Eyesore Show: WHERE HAS THE TIGER GONE? is an outdoor exhibition of paintings in empty windows. They are the collective realisations of 22 images by 57 students of Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, under the tutelage of their art teacher. Each painting answers in diverse ways the question asked by Jochen Gerz: “Where has the tiger gone?” The art project was a response to the heavy impact of an unfinished, abandoned development right in the middle of the picturesque village of Sneem, and to the 2000 ghost estates in the Republic of Ireland due to the economic recession starting in 2008. Gerz asked the young generation what they think about the time just past, known as Celtic Tiger. This work is a preamble to the Here in Paradise outdoor exhibition two years later, involving 40 inhabitants of the same village.
57 students of Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine (Secondary School), Kenmare, and their teacher Joe Thoma
II: Ed. 2012, Murtagh 2012, Clarke 2012, McDonald 2012, O’Mahony 2012, O’ Sullivan 2012. Kelleher 2012, Hughes 2012, Robinson 2012, Dunne 2014, McDonald 2014. Darb O’Sullivan 2014.
IV: Dublin 2012, Tralee 2012, Dublin 2012, Berlin 2014
V: World Wide Web 2020