FIRE FESTIVAL OFFERINGS
For each of the eight Fire Festivals that take place around the year the artist Gawain Morrison will produce an offering, which may be a piece of art, some music, a poem, or something site specific. The starting point for these offerings is the Summer Solstice & you can read more about the inspiration themes here.
SUMMER SOLSTICE OFFERING
Express yourself, enjoy & celebrate what you have.
The Cathedral Quarter is the cultural heart of Belfast, with arts organisations, venues, galleries, and amazing street art produced by local & international artists. I wanted my Summer Solstice artist offering to celebrate this beautiful creativity & the potency of life in the area whilst referencing the Ogham Grove that launched me on this journey.
Druids marked the boundaries of their areas with the characters from the ogham tree alphabet, leaving notes to those who would journey the same path. I wanted to highlight the areas of the Cathedral Quarter that have become natural areas for street art & where nature is growing back in between the art, theatre, music, circus and dance.
Look Up, Look Around, Look In was the phrase attached to all things Ogham that we produced, to pay attention to the spaces we live our lives in, whether we have let them decline, want them to thrive, feel they need some love, or are spaces that embody the creative energy of our communities.
I created a stencil of the Ogham Grove logo so that I could spray it in these locations. Using an eco-friendly pigmented chalk paint, typically used for outdoor temporary marking, I sprayed the logos using the solstice colours of red, gold, & orange. These will remain for as long as the natural world of rain, wind & shine allow them to stay.
Happy solstice folks!