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“Light Returns" is a light art concept that featured light projections and light installations on the uninhabited island of Inishark. The small island has been uninhabited since the 1960s and is located at the west coast of the Republic Ireland in County Galway. Artistic light projections at buildings and interior elements was in the focus of the project. Another focal point was the projection of historical pictures. “Light Returns” tells the reverse process from a photographic exposure to a light projection. The photographic documentation made targeted use of the remaining daylight at dusk anto create a balance of perception between projection and environment.
Furthermore, a special headlight installed on Inishark´s church created a strong beam of light visible over several miles. In two nights in June 2018, the bundled light beam shined light up in the night sky up to 200 metres above the ground.

LIGHTWORK AND PROJECTION

A bundled light beam was installed in Inisharks church for one night, and shined up to 200 meters above the ground in the sky. The light power of the beam is 2.200.000 lx at 5m from lens, by a open lens angle of 1,8°. The beam was also viewable from Inishbofin and the mainland.
A bundled light beam was installed in Inisharks church for one night, and shined up to 200 meters above the ground in the sky. The light power of the beam is 2.200.000 lx at 5m from lens, by a open lens angle of 1,8°. The beam was also viewable from Inishbofin and the mainland.
A bundled light beam was installed in Inisharks church for one night, and shined up to 200 meters above the ground in the sky. The light power of the beam is 2.200.000 lx at 5m from lens, by a open lens angle of 1,8°. The beam was also viewable from Inishbofin and the mainland.
During the Bonfire Night at 24th of June 2018 the light beam was in position at the top of the hill near Inishark village. The light beam was well viewable from Inishbofin and the mainland shore.
The light beam shined in line with the cross on the top of Inisharks church. The result of the contour effect of the powerful ray was fixed with the camera.
The light beam shined in line with the cross on the top of Inisharks church. The result of the contour effect of the ray was fixed with the camera.
Projection of a cutout from an old photography at the original place during the dawn. The photography was made at the Inishark pier while Theresa Larcey and her Husband went to the boat to mainland at the day of evacuation on the 21st of October 1960.
Projection of a cutout from an old photography at the original place during the dawn. The photography was made at the Larcey House during the evacuating on the 21st of October 1960. Thomas Larcey stayed for one more night at the island after the last residents left the Island. Building No. 9.
Projection of a historical picture at the original place of made in the soft lighted ruin of Thomas Lacey´s House. The photo was made after the island was evacuated, while fisherman stayed at the island during a storm. Building No. 9. (Historical image by Island Places, Island Live - Exploring Inishbofin and Inishark Heritage, Co. Galway, Ireland)
Projection of an old photography at the original place. The photography was made while a school girl visited the Inishark school for the last time at the day of evacuation on the 21st of October 1960. Building No. 1.
Projection of an old photography at the original place during the dawn. The photography was made while a woman was waiting in front of her residential building at the day of evacuation on the 21st of October 1960. Building No. 11.
The projection of light effect simulates rays shines out of the windows and door at a house in the west village. The projection focuses on the front of the ruin to also light up the vanished inside, how it looks today. Building No. 13
The projection dyed colourful the original structure of the chimney in a soft lighted room. The ruin of the residential building is located at the position1 in the map which is included in this page.
A projection from a scenery behind the house increased the visual perception of a transparent building. A photo of the background behind the house was projected on the building with adaption of brightness and colours. Building No. 7
The ruin of a residential building was dyed colorful by a light projection. The structure was photographed, reversed and added with color effect. The result was afterwards adapted on the façade in the twilight. Building No. 8

INISHARK ISLAND AND VILLAGE

 

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This satellite photo shows numbers of residential buildings constructed early in the 20th century, the national school, and the Leo's Church which was constructed in 1894. Most of these residential buildings were inhabited until the evacuation in October 1960. Since then the buildings has been washed out of the rain and storm. Today all buildings are predominantly collapsed.
1 Teresa Larcey´s birthhouse