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“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.

LIGHTWORKS 

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 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 powerful ray was fixed with the camera.
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.
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.

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