Plant-tastic: Inspired by Nature | Cristina Ottonello at Courthouse Yard

Plant-tastic: Inspired by Nature | Cristina Ottonello at Courthouse Yard


30/07/2022 - 05/08/2022    
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Courthouse Yard
TOWNSEND STREET, Birr, Offaly, R42 VH22, Leinster

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London based, Italian artist Cristina Ottonello in collaboration with young people from the Ashbrooke, Chesterfield Close and McAuley estates in Birr, Co Offaly have created an art installation that explores and highlights local plants and their usefulness.

Participants through creative workshops have learned about the extraordinary characteristics of local plants, and how these plants have and can inspire innovation and creativity, such as the Sundew Drosera rotundifolia and Bladderwort Utricularia vulgaris.

These plants that have biomimetic and adaptation features are creatively reinterpreted through crafting processes, and include reusable and repurposed materials.

The exhibition works are not botanical replicas of the plants, but an interpretation and frame the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The exhibition is part of Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2022.

Plant-tastic is a joint initiative between Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and Offaly Local Development Company – Community, Education & Youth Work.  Special thanks to Mary Bulfin of Wild Food Mary. Project curation: Ann Lawlor

Supported by the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Offaly County Council.


Cristina Ottonello is an artist and designer specialising in outdoor art and in the creation of large-scale temporary installations with a strong visual impact and wide-reaching public involvement. Her work uses a surreal approach to the world of nature that is reinvented as an irreverent fantasy of intriguing objects and wonderful creatures that provide an unexpected and fairy-tale presence in situ.




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