For 2018’s iteration of Drop Everything, the arts and culture biennial on Inis Oirr, we and our sister-company, Hen’s Teeth, worked with the event founder Mary Nally, and the amazing Lithuanian London-based illustrator, Egle Zvirblyte, to create an impactful site-specific work. For the week either side of the weekend in May, larger-than-lifesize characters appeared across the island.
Egle took inspiration from the island’s people, history, and previous iterations of Drop Everything, to create a cast of characters to place throughout the landscape. With the great shipwrecking of the cargo vessel, The Plassey, in mind, Egle’s characters can be seen with whiskey, toilet bowls and shoes in hand, making off with their loot. Then there’s the local gentleman, tin whistle in hand, entertaining the islanders and visitors with his musical skill. Her work responded to the island, its people, landscape and stories.
Ranging in size from eight to 16-feet tall, and hand-painted in bright colours, Egle’s sculptures could be seen from a distance, and made an impression against the dramatic landscape of this unique and rugged island.
The installation attracted attention from global creative industry press leaders, It’s Nice That, Creative Boom, Pow Wow Worldwide and Calvert Journal. Egle’s work also captured the imagination of both festival goers and islanders, and the installation characters featured heavily in social media posts about the weekend.