"…for peace comes dropping slow.."

Artist Name(s) Lisa Vandegrift Davala
Artwork title "…for peace comes dropping slow.."
Context/Background In 2010 Sligo Arts Service delivered The Yeatsian Legacy Project, supported by the Peace III programme. The project was a comprehensive exploration of the work of W.B. and Jack B. Yeats and Sligo's influence on their work. This film was commissioned as part of the Yeatsian Legacy Project.

The poetic line “…for peace comes dropping slow” taken from the poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, was inscribed in light across the Sligo landscape at stunning locations and filmed to record its inscription. Various forms of light from natural to LED torches and mobile phones were used by ‘light writers’, with the final word SLOW, written collectively by members of the public from all over Ireland. The participants were living re-enactors of the words of W.B. Yeats, at the site of his inspiration on the shores of Lough Gill in a participative and meditative act captured on film.  


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Nominated for “Best Irish Short” at the 23rd Foyle International Film Festival, 2010, was awarded “Runner Up, Best Experimental film”, Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, 2011 and has received an “Official Selection” at the New Hope International Film Festival in the U.S., 2011.

Project website: www.forpeacecomesdroppingslow.com


Lisa Vandegrift Davala began her career as a mural painter, architectural restorer and sign writer, and has been a life-long musician. She was given the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Architecture and Design by Irish President Patrick Hillery. As a visual artist, she exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and Europe including Gimpel Fils London, Ducal Palace Leningrad, and The Berman Museum of Art (12-year retrospective exhibition). Since the 1980’s the major part of her attention has been given to the relationship between the marks we make and their ability to be containers of our human spirit. She has referred to this phenomenon as "The Calligraphy of the Spirit”. Her film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” is a celebration of this idea, bringing a human presence to a meaningful space, and inscribing it with the line and mark of poetic light.

During 2009 she completed a 50 minute documentary film entitled The Ballinagare Initiative, A Design Thinking Challenge. Over the last decade her work has moved closer to film, moving image and light art. The work increased in both scale and technological breadth to include a projected, larger-than-life, movable book room and a work designed for the iPod. She just completed the second SLIGLOW, a live, filmed, public light event; and is presently working on a free-form holographic projection, a new film (working title: (Oracle de l’Amour), a new documentary and a projected film installation (Procession).

Lisa was the recipient of the Vira Heinz Award, Pittsburgh; First Prize, Fenderesky Open Exhibition, Belfast Northern Ireland; and The Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, New York. Her works are in the permanent collection of MoMA, The Crayola Museum, The Berman Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Library of Ireland and The Boyle Civic Collection, Ireland.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Sligo County Council
Commissioning process Direct Invitation following a previous speculative proposal from the artist
Project commission dates June 1, 2010 - September 1, 2010
Public Presentation dates September 11, 2010 - August 12, 2011
Artform Film,Music
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 01/06/2010
Project commission end date 01/09/2010
County Sligo
Website www.forpeacecomesdroppingslow.com/
Content contributor(s) Mary McDonagh
Relationship to project Public Art Officer, Sligo County Council
Public engagement

70 members of the public, including people from Omagh, Co. Tyrone.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Cinematographer: Cian de Buitléar, Stills and Documentary Photographer: Darren Carr, Film Editor: Tony Kearns and Composition, Vocals and Fiddle of Seamie O’Dowd.



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