“Light Returns” is a light art concept that features light projections and light installations on the uninhabited island of Inishark. This small island that has been uninhabited since the 1960s and is located off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland in County Galway. The island is situated less than 1,000 metres to the west of the larger neighbouring island, Inishbofin. Light on Inishark once served as a navigation aid and was a vital element for the island’s inhabitants. The title “Light Returns” hints at the return of light in various new forms. Artistic Video projections at buildings and interior elements are in the focus of the project. Another focal point is the projection of historical pictures. “Light Returns” also tells of the reverse process from a photographic exposure to a light projection. Furthermore, a special headlight installed on Inishark created a strong beam of light visible over several miles. In two nights in June 2018, the bundled light beam shined light up in night sky up to 200 metres above the ground. This light beam was installed in Inishark’s church.
The light works and projection instalations illuminates the façades at different locations in the village from dusk till dawn. The photographic documentation made targeted use of the remaining daylight at dusk to create a balance of perception between projection and environment. The project is scheduled for implementation in the summer of 2019.
INISHARK ISLAND AND VILLAGE