It’s imagination brought to life.
The final installation of Island City, Cork’s Urban Sculpture Trail has been unveiled.
Brian Kenny’s Tempus Futurum is a light projection on the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork City that takes viewers on a journey through the building’s rich history, complete with hand-drawn ideas from 50 local children about the future of the Triskel building.
The remarkable, digitally mapped, moving image artwork is projected onto the South Main Street façade of the Georgian building, which is over 300 years old.
Each evening from dusk, the captivating 10-minute looped moving visuals are projected for all to enjoy.
“I was really inspired by the history of the Triskel building and connecting that with the local environment while looking to the future,” said Kenny.
“The projection begins with images of pristine forests untouched by humanity, and moves on to the Celts’ arrival, marking the dawn of cultivation and the origin of the city.
“It moves on to Viking and Norman structures that showcase the ebbs and flows of civilization. Vignettes highlight the impact of climate change and show the connection between human actions and the environmental consequences.
The artist worked with 50 local children from St Maries of Isle National School, thanks to the support from Aoife O’Connell, to get their ideas on the future of the Triskel building.
“The interactive finale mirrors hope, responding to sustainable practices,” he added.
“We are using real-time live data of bike usage from a nearby bike station to power the blossoming foliage in the projection. This emphasises the harmony between human choices and nature’s endurance.
Tempus Futurum is created by Brian Kenny with animators Carla Soriani, Thiago Oliviera and Alfredo Espeche, along with creative technologists Tom O’Dea and Lucas Lupo.
It is the finale in a unique cultural trail of five contemporary sculptures installed around Cork City this year that aims to integrate art into the daily life of the city, making it accessible to all.