Maurice Orr and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

London will be known for the 2012 Olympics this year, and by no means will culture and arts be left out. Maurice Orr, a resident artist of Nes Listamiðstöð Artist Residency in October 2009, has been selected to present work as a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. His work ´The Screaming Silence of the Wind´was presented at Ballymoney Museum in February this year. Maurice used a number of materials to ´create four sensory installation pieces inspired by the raw, barren landscapes of his native Northern Ireland. Through sound, paint and natural materials such as fish leather, the piece will evoke a holistic feeling of place. Visitors to the exhibition, The Screaming Silence of the Wind, will be encouraged to touch the surfaces, look at the landscapes and listen to the sounds that have inspired him.´ – Ballymoney Times.

Orr was quite literally, and artistically, blown away by Iceland during his time in Skagaströnd. The light and its´ changing effect on nature being one specific reason. Those who have visited Skagaströnd may recall the fish leather factory 40 minutes drive from Nes.

We wish him every success for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and of course hope to see him again!

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