I’ve designed and am supervising construction of Amphitheatre for Introverts (and others) on the shores of Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. The amphitheatre’s terraces are made of Kilkenny limestone and the lines from one of my poems will be carved into the risers: the place/between water and sky/holding sound/it is underloved/and an amphitheatre.
This is a public art project commissioned by The Arts Office of Mayo County Council and associated with the new pool and gym that are being constructed further back on this site. I hope this place will be a quiet space that captures the sounds of the lake and waterfowl and gives the public a place to be inward, to look at Croagh Patrick (when it’s clearish) through the trees, to do nothing. Of course, all the extroverts want to have gigs and readings and performances here. That is fine by me. But introverts, this place is first and foremost made for you.
The photo on the left shows the mid-phase of construction while the right shows the early shaping and stoning of the terraces.