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A walk around Deirbhile's Twist

This unusual sculpture is found on the west coast of Ireland in Co.Mayo, at Fál Mór, in Erris, Co.Mayo, Ireland. This sculpture was created by the artist Michael Bulfin,who is both a scientist and an artist with a specialist knowledge of trees and forestry. He called this work ‘Deirbhile’s Twist’ and he made it by raising the existing granite boulders on site and placing them in an ascending spiral. It can be accessed by walking on the 22 stepping stones that lead up it. It was created in 1993 to celebrate Mayo 5000, which was a year long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. A sculpture trail was established that year in North Mayo and it is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. It entailed the putting in place of fourteen site specific Sculptures along the North Mayo Coast. The trail is supplemented by an exhibition site at which the work of guest sculptors or temporary exhibitions are accommodated. The general idea for the Sculpture Trail had its genesis in the discovery of the most extensive Neolithic site in the world at Céide Fields on the North Mayo Coast. Fundamental requirement of the artistic undertaking of this Sculpture Trail was the use of natural materials in sympathy with their surroundings. This particular sculpture on a rugged hilltop at Fál Mór on the Mullet peninsula commemorates a sixth century saint, Deirbhile of Erris, who was a learned holy woman and whose legend records her as having a cure for eye ailments. To get a further sense of the location of this sculpture it is worthwhile casting a glance at this short youtube video here.
In the distance
In the distance
Coming closer
Coming closer
Still ascending
Still ascending
Almost there
Almost there
Outer rim of the ascending spiral
Outer rim of the ascending spiral
Looking back at the shark fin rock
Looking back at the shark fin rock
From the inside, looking out
From the inside, looking out
From the inside, looking towards the southwest
From the inside, looking towards the southwest
From the inside, the side with shadows
From the inside, the side with shadows
From the inside, the sunny side
From the inside, the sunny side
Following the spiral on the outside
Following the spiral on the outside
A backward glance before descending
A backward glance before descending