No Man's Land

Artist Name(s) Fergal McCarthy
Artwork title No Man's Land
Context/Background Following the success of Fergal McCarthy’s ‘LiffeyTown’ installation for Dublin’s river Liffey the previous year, Dublin Fringe Festival commissioned Fergal McCarthy to devise another site-specific artwork for the Grand Canal Dock in 2011.

No Man’s Land (2011) was a small, man-made island, created by Fergal McCarthy for Dublin’s Fringe Festival that year. Anchored west of The Samuel Beckett Bridge on the river Liffey, opposite a vacant building intended to be the headquarters of the former Anglo Irish Bank, the fake dessert island was a temporary home for the artist, who spent a week marooned there during the festival, with only basic supplies and a rudimentary tent for shelter.

Materials: Barrels, wood, sand, resin, LED lights, batteries, 2 fake palm trees, tent, rope and anchors.

Dimensions: Circular structure - diameter 10m; height 2.5m.


No Man’s Land was reviewed by Aidan Dunne in The Irish Times. Gemma Tipton wrote a commissioned essay about the installation/performance which was printed in The Irish Times. Shane Hegarty, Arts Editor of The Irish Times wrote a feature article about the project. An image of the project was printed on the front page of The Sunday Times. No Man’s Land was featured on RTE News, and many other media outlets ran articles and interviews about the project.

'No Man's Land' won the Best Off-Site Production Award at the Fringe Festival Awards.

The Irish Times produced a video documenting the work.

Fergal McCarthy regularly updated his blog with details and documentation of the project as it unfolded.


Fergal McCarthy (born 1973 Limerick) is an Irish installation artist. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. McCarthy’s work has been shown at museums and galleries internationally and encompasses film, performance and social practice.

Commission Type Public Private Partnership (PPP)
Commissioner Name Dublin Fringe Festival
Commissioning process Open Submission
Project commission dates September 10, 2011 - September 25, 2011
Partners The project was funded by Dublin Fringe Festival and the artist using personal funds.
Artform Visual Arts
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 10/09/2011
Project commission end date 25/09/2011
Location The river Liffey, west of The Samuel Beckett Bridge.
County Dublin
Town Dublin 1
Content contributor(s) Web editor and the artist
Associated professionals / Specialists involved
  • NSpace (fabricators)
  • Green Earth Light (Lighting Consultants)
  • Paul O’Mahoney (Design Consultant).
  • Surf Dock, Grand Canal Dock (provided premises and transport)
  • Dave Garvey and team (rescue boat team)
  • Jeanie Johnston staff (office and facilities)
  • Andreas Pettersson (project documentation)
  • Albert Hooi (film maker)
  • Dublin City Council
  • Captain David Dignam (Harbour Master)
  • Shane Hegarty (Arts Editor, The Irish Times)



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