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Artists transform wheelie bins to Venetian Wonder Boat

Wednesday 26th October 2005 at 2pm 0 Comments

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Thanks to support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council Northern Ireland, two intrepid County Down artists made a real splash at the Venice Biennale last week with their eccentric boat made from wheelie bins.

The artists, Patrick Bloomer and Nicholas Keogh who specialise in transforming everyday junk into art, were part of a fourteen strong contingent from Northern Ireland exhibiting work in this year’s Venice Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious international visual arts exhibition in the world.

Their unconventional ‘Bin Boat’ took several months to make and was constructed from wheelie bins, washing machine parts, oil barrels and a wheel-barrow. A two-cylinder diesel engine was also modified so that the boat could run on chip fat. The fantastical craft was a triumph and wooed all who saw her on the lagoon.

Chairman of the Arts Council Rosemary Kelly remarked, “This is the first year that a group of Northern Irish artists have had their work officially exhibited at the Venice Biennale. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to nurture innovative work like the Bin Boat and to help it find such a prestigious platform in which to be showcased.

“This is not only a fantastic opportunity for the artists represented in Venice to gain exposure, but is hugely beneficial to the Visual Arts Sector in Northern Ireland as a whole, raising its profile on the international stage.”

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