Making Tarraingt / Green Rope
Images from left to right; harvesting wild grasses, rope making, William carries rope across the river, rope making in gallery, rope enter gallery after crossing river, river through entire gallery
Tarraingt / Green Rope is a sculpture co-created in West Cork, Ireland during Summer 2022. It is a 50 metre long, 3 stranded Súgán rope crafted over 12 days with 50+ people using exclusively green wild grasses harvested from the river bank where they worked. The rope consists of; bog rushes, mint, bindweed, fireweed, hair, ragwort, and horsetail, rye grass and oat grass.
This ever growing sculpture forms part of William Bock’s ongoing research project Land Art Meitheal which explores harvesting knowledge, myth and practice from Irish folk traditions to weave new connections between cultures, people and environment in contemporary Ireland.
In our recent past the Súgán rope was a practical tool crafted using only materials found at hand in the landscape. William Bocks uses rope making as a collaborative ‘tool’ to reimagine a changing rural socio-environmental landscape. The work playfully connects and celebrates our past, present and possible future realities in the wake of increased immigration, climate change and dislocation to our natural environment. Placing the rope in Visual Carlow proposes to open up discussion about land stewardship, agriculture. In discussion with the curators, the rope could be installed in a number of configurations including as a singular line that winds through the building, speaking to the river Barrow that once would have been the main transport route through the town.
In our recent past the Súgán rope was a practical tool crafted using only materials found at hand in the landscape. William Bock uses rope making as a collaborative ‘tool’ to reimagine a changing rural socio-environmental landscape. It’s physical presence connecting our material past, present and possible future realities in the wake of increased immigration, climate change and dislocation to our natural environment.
Rope carried by William across the river