In the Autumn of last year a local documentary maker and cameraman, Fergus Sweeney, came upon a very large buoy washed up on the Mullet peninsula. The name of the Gilman Corporation, the manufacturers, was on its side. Fergus contacted them and they put him onto the owners, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Maine. It transpired that the buoy had travelled from the Arctic Circle to Ireland in 18 months. Áras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre has commissioned Fergus to produce an exhibition telling the story of the buoy and its journey. This is being carried out with the assistance of TY students from local secondary school, Coláiste Chomáin.
The exhibition will consist of an installation of the buoy, video, images and a soundscape that will capture its trip across the Atlantic.
Featured on Ar Fud na Tíre – TG4, jump 10 minutes into the programme to see the piece.