Tír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture Trail
Tír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture Trail is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. The project was developed in 1993, during the Mayo 5000 celebrations, a year-long cultural celebration of life in Mayo inspired by the historic Ceide Fields landscape.
The development of the sculpture trail – originally initiated by artist-initiator Marian O’Donnell at a symposium related to the discovery of the Ceide Fields – entailed the putting in place of fifteen mixed media sculptures based at some of the most spectacular locations all along the North Mayo Coast, stretching from the Moy Estuary to the tip of the Erris Peninsula. Finding the structures takes visitors right off the beaten path into the heart of the landscape.
One of the elements of the brief given to the artists was that some part of their work should last right through the next five millenia and be recognisable at the “Mayo 10,000” celebrations. Some say that if we view the spectacular North Mayo coastline in itself as a monument to Neolithic civilisation, the fifteen sculptures can be seen as a message on its surface.
Tír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture Trail was recently featured in the National Geographic magazine as one of the top sculpture parks worldwide.