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Wind Harps

Artist Name(s) Mark Garry
Artwork title Wind Harps

A permanent public art work made up of four aeolian wind harps located in the River Shannon, Co. Leitrim.  

Wind Harps is a permanent public art work commissioned by Leitrim County Council. The work is made up of four aeolian wind harps (harps that are played by the wind) and located in the River Shannon, Co. Leitrim.  

The works are sonic sculptures that are made of stainless steel and titanium. They are reliant upon the environment in which they are located, being activated by the strength and direction of the winds traversing the river. The tone they generate differs each season and at different times of the day, enabling a situation where each individual listener experience is completely unique. 


Mark Garry has had a number of notable international opportunities as an artist and was one of the artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Selected recent exhibitions include: Gertrude st, Melbourne, Australia (2011); St Katherines Church, Stockholm, Sweden, Solo Exhibition (2011); Kerlin gallery Dublin, (2010); Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania, (2010); Solo Exhibition, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesborough UK (2009); Frequency: The Hugh lane Gallery Dublin (2009); Flower Power, Tai Turin Art International, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Torino,Italy (2009); Inner and Outer Space, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh Pensilvania USA (2008); Green Screen: The Institute of Contemporary art Newtown, Sydney Australia.(2008); Gallery 2 The Paradise, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, (2006); The foundation to life, New York, USA (curated by Cathy Siegel.) (2006); Glass Box, Paris (2006); Ireland at Venice, Venice Biennial, Scuola di San Pasquale, Venice (Representing the Republic of Ireland) (2005), which travelled to Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2006).

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Leitrim County Council
Commissioning process A curated process
Artform Visual Arts
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission end date 30/10/2009
Location The River Shannon 
County Leitrim
Town Carrick-on-Shannon
Content contributor(s) Mark Garry
Relationship to project Artist 
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Ross Barrablle, Soundscapes international, Pagosa Springs, California USA. (Collaborator, engineering, manufacture) 
Oliver Dowling (Nominator) 
Inland and Coastal Marina systems Ltd. (Engineering and installation) 
CaoimhĂ­n Corrigan (Commissioner) 
Bobby Shorthall (Location of piles)