Touchdown of ‘The Touring Tama’ at Merrion Square Park

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The Lord Mayor Naoise O’Muiri will launch a very special outdoor installation at Merrion Square Park, Dublin on Friday, 14th June at 6.30pm to commemorate Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union 2013.

Miriam Mc Connon’s The Touring Tama or ‘hanky tree’ will be exhibited on a large London Plane tree in Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2, for twelve days until 25th June.

The huge cloth or ‘Tama’is made up of handkerchiefs and traditional lace, sewn together, which the artist has collected from the people of Cyprus and Ireland.

The Touring Tama was previously exhibited at the UNESCO heritage site of Paphos, Cyprus in September 2012 to commemorate Cyprus’ presidency of the European Union. The ancient tree of St. Solomoni in Paphos, known as the hanky tree, is a place where people have visited for hundreds of years to hang handkerchiefs in memory of those loved ones who have died or who are sick. Tama is the Greek word for the handkerchiefs that are hung onto the tree.

“This installation is proudly supported by Dublin City Council celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union this year. I have no doubt The Touring Tama experience will create a sense of solidarity between the EU nations as it travels from nation to nation year after year”, said the Lord Mayor. 

The people of Ireland will be invited to hang handkerchiefs onto and under the tree at Merrion Square Park during the tour.  They will be sewn onto the large Tama by the artist after the installation ends allowing it to grow even bigger before it hopefully travels to Athens, Greece in 2014.

Images: - The Touring Tama installation at Merrion Square Park - The Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí and artist Miriam McConnon


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Notes to the Editor:

Miriam Mc Connon was born in Dublin 1977. She graduated from The National College of art and Design, Dublin in 1999. In 2000 she completed a postgraduate diploma at the Cyprus College of Art. Miriam’s  recent projects include, My Mackintosh Box, a solo painting exhibition at The Talbot gallery, Dublin (2012), participation in The 8th Beijing Biennale at the Chinese Museum of contemporary Art (2012), International drawing Biennale and Symposium, Pilsen, Czech Republic, Biennale of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland (2012), The outdoor installation, The Megalo Tama, commissioned for Cyprus’ Presidency of the EU in September  2012. Miriam currently lives in Cyprus.