Covid restrictions have prompted an innovative change of plan for Culture Night in Balbriggan next Friday, September 18, with the virtual unveiling of a major art work by local artist Thomas Brezing.
Brezing’s 2016 piece ‘Leaving Nineveh’ was set to be formally unveiled at the new Our Balbriggan offices in George’s Square, but that has now become an online event.
The unveiling will feature a video of the artist reading a poem which outlines the process of painting a large canvas such as Leaving Nineveh, which can take years to develop and complete.
Brezing works in installation, painting, performance, sound and video. He was born in Germany in 1969 and moved to Ireland in the early 1990’s to commit himself full-time to his art practice.
“To have my painting exhibited in a public office in Balbriggan is wonderful. I have lived in the town for 23 years now, so this is a kind of homecoming for the painting which was bought by Fingal Arts office in 2016,” he said.
“To have the video of the poem played in Balbriggan during Culture Night is equally exciting. It is my first time doing such a recording for the public.”
Culture Night will also see the unveiling of a mural by well-known street artist collective Subset to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Sack of Balbriggan, when the Black and Tans ransacked the town and killed two people.