Limerick art installation pays tribute to migrant loss

first_imgNewsLimerick art installation pays tribute to migrant lossBy Editor – December 2, 2017 1350 Twitter Email Linkedin Facebook TAGSAi WeiweiBourn Vincent GalleryCharon’s BoatsdrownedFacelesslimerickMediterraneanmigrantsmultiplesRana PlazaSheila StoneUniversity of Limerick WhatsApp Previous article#Limerick New Music – Post Punk Podge & The TechnohippiesNext articleLimerick event marks 30 years of Erasmus Editor Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print County Limerick artist Sheila Stone with her ‘Charon’s Boats’ installation at the Bourn Vincent Gallery.Photo: Don MoloneyAn art installation of 5,000 ceramic boats, each representing a migrant who drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea last year, opened in the Bourn Vincent Gallery at the University of Limerick yesterday.‘Charon’s Boats’ was created by County Limerick artist Sheila Stone, with the help of friends, students and local community groups.The name of the project is a reference to Charon, the boatman of Greek mythology who was paid to ferry the dead to the next life.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2016,  the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR estimates that 362,753 people fled to the EU by crossing the Mediterranean. Of these, more than five thousand have been reported missing or dead.Inspired by an RTÉ Documentary about the Irish Navy and their humanitarian rescue mission in the Mediterranean, Sheila decided to use her skills as a ceramic artist to highlight the situation.“With ‘Charon’s Boats’, I have created a ceramic installation which expresses my deep concern at the plight of migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean. Each of these boats honours the memory of one of the five thousand and more, men, women and children who drowned in 2016. Most of these individuals do not even have a grave to mark their passing. My intention is that the visual impact of five thousand boats, seen en masse, will illustrate the enormity of this ongoing human catastrophe,” Sheila said.She has been inspired by artists such as Ai Weiwei, who have used multiples (a series of identical art objects) to make political statements. Sheila previously created Faceless, a collection of 1,132 unique ceramic heads to commemorate the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013.‘Charon’s Boats’ will remain on display at the Bourn Vincent Gallery until January.More news here Man dies in Limerick hospital after being taken from sea near Kilkeelast_img read more