Live Art / 25-27 April 2024

The Smiling Sea Star after The Smiling Sun

Tickets: Free to attend

Art Installation in Project Foyer by Harun Morrison. Presented by Live Collision International Festival 2024.

The Smiling Sea Star /  Starfish takes after Anne Lund’s anti-nuclear icon, The Smiling Sun (1975). The Smiling Starfish, uses the same expression and colour of the sun, but the starfish and blue point to its use for coastal and marine protest. The varying texts accompanying the Smiling Starfish include: ‘Raw Sewage? No Thanks’, ‘Deep Sea Mining? No Thanks’ and ‘More Plastic? No Thanks’.  The Smiling Sea Star / Starfish has been developed in the context of an artist placement with Greenpeace UK and exhibitions addressing coastal environmental politics at Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea and Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange on the Penzance Coast in Cornwall.  There are around 1,600 different species of starfish / sea stars living in the world’s oceans, where they occupy every type of habitat including tidal pools, rocky shores, sea grass, kelp beds and coral reefs.

The Smiling Sea Star / Starfish after The Smiling Sun will be in situ at Project Arts Centre from Thurs 25th April – the morning of Sat 27th April upon which the large-scale visual artwork will be carried by members of the public from Project Arts Centre, and ceremoniously walked along the River Liffey and towards the Irish Sea followed by workshop at the Substation, Dublin Port Authority, Alexandra Road where the artwork will be erected.  This event will be followed by a workshop titled Environmental Justice Questions Workshop led by artist Harun Morrison. 


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Live Collision is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council Arts Office.

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