October 27, 2009

Soft Blonde Moustache

'Cyanotis Binocularis'
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street

In 1909 Darwin scholar, Robert Lloyd Praeger and his co-workers set out on the most ambitious natural history project every undertaken in Ireland - The Clare Island Survey. The current exhibition in the Royal Irish Academy focuses on how Darwin’s ideas influenced this undertaking.

In the same room Soft Blonde Moustache’s installation provides a humorous counterpoint to the exhibition. Visitors are invited to collect a pair of binoculars which leads to their own discoveries in the architectural detailing of the room. Between the iron work on the upper level, paper cut-outs of animals and sea creatures are inserted playfully, waiting to be discovered.

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