The Central Field | Editorial


From February to July 2018 I was commissioned to document The Central Field live land art project by artist duo Yvonne McGuinness and Rhona Byrne supported by South Dublin County Council In Context 4 – IN OUR TIME art programme.

The Central Field took place in Adamstown where the artists identified a greenfield site which was due to become the ‘commercial or district town centre’ but had been fenced off and was inaccessible to the local community.

The art project responded to this particular site and context during the interim phase of development. From February to July 2018 the artists were in residence on-site in a studio container.  They staged a Live Land Artwork where they made daily, on-site performances in response to the land. They also worked towards creating a large scale land artwork using discarded materials from the adjacent, active, building site.

The artists also produced a series of live and immediate responses, actions, earthworks, public events, workshops, performances, interventions, gatherings and activities. They collaborated with local residents, local schools and community groups. The aim was to make this land a place for gathering and to explore concepts of transition and potential land use, private and public ownership, intrinsic value, materiality, responsibility and our individual and collective agency.

The land artwork is carved into The Central Field and will be there until the land is developed into the commercial district centre.