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Glass potatoes’ exhibition represents Irish potato famine suffering

A new exhibition featuring hundreds of glass potatoes to represent the suffering caused by the famine has opened at Strokestown Park in Co Roscommon in Ireland. According to a news report by RTÉ, the installation of 1,845 hand-blown glass potatoes is called ‘1845: Memento Mori‘ and took 15 years to complete.

The work is being presented outdoors at the historical gazebo tower within the walled gardens of The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park until 10 July. The exhibition, created by Seattle-based Irish artist Paula Stokes, kicks off a multi-venue tour over the next few years.

1845 is significant as it references the year that the potato blight came to Ireland, marking the beginning of a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration. Dr Emma O’Toole, Collections and Interpretation Manager at the Irish Heritage Trust, which cares for and manages the property, said it is fitting that the first venue for the Irish artist on Irish soil is at the famine museum.

Artist Paula Stokes reflects on her own history as an immigrant to examine historical events that have shaped the present. “In creating this work, I honour my Irish heritage and culture, and I’m thrilled to be bringing this installation to my home country after 15 years of working on the project,” she said.

Source: RTÉ. Full story and a video here

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