There is a tree in Harold’s Cross park called a Handkerchief tree. It was planted on the 50th anniversary of the local laundrywomen’s strike in 1945. When it blooms, the white flowers look like handkerchiefs. It doesn’t bloom very often, and the head gardener told me that it would probably be happier in a sunnier position – or indeed – in a warmer climate. A few weeks ago, however, I noticed a little flower on it. I have to admit that it looked pretty insignificant but – isn’t it the thought that counts? For the exhibition, Tondo in the Park, I decided to draw attention to this tree and to the women’s strike by tying some old handkerchiefs to the branches.
During the Harold’s Cross Festival, the park set the mood and provided the backdrop for this exhibition of sculptures, installations and conceptual works by Tondo. The artists taking part were Gerard Cox, Eve Parnell, Paul O’Hare and myself.
Responding to the Victorian history of the park, Eve Parnell installed a ‘Victorian Ghost’ and launched folded paper boats onto the pond (see below). Gerard Cox installed a series of bamboo ladders and Paul O’Hare made some sculptural bird feeders from recycled materials.
There is more about the works in this exhibition on my website www.eoinmaclochlainn.com – follow the links to ‘Tondo group shows’.