U-Tube Video of visit to the Irish Sky Garden

Posted: 14/8/2012

As part the on going development of knowledge of the Gardens of Ireland Trevor recently visited the Irish Sky Garden Crater at Liss Ard Estate near Skibbereen.

Designed by American artist James Turrell in 1989 the Crater is unique in Ireland

Lios Aird (Gaelic meaning high fort) is located on the original site of a ring fort and souterrain with a commanding outlook over the surrounding countryside. The 150 acres of gardens, ponds and forest offer an experience that has been described as one of space, perception and peacefulness.

With acres upon of acres of gardens and trails, the woodland walks with their specially designed pathways offer guests a truly contemplative experience with enchanting vistas around every corner. Liss Ard has been planned to reveal a collection of 'garden rooms': the lakeside walk, the waterfall garden, the woodland garden, the water garden and arboretum and the wildflower meadow.

And one of the greatest surprises is the living art featured in the Irish Sky Garden: the giant earth and stone works, The Crater, by famed artist James Turrell, with its contemplative 'Vault Purchase' or plinth at its centre. As a landscape feature The Crater has encouraged many landscape architects to make their pilgrimage to Liss Ard over the years, but it is also an enlightening experience for the solitary surveyor, lying on their back on the 'Vault Purchase', gazing up through the Craters 'bowl' at the sky.

Follow the LINK to view the Sky Garden on U-Tube

Follow the LINK to view the web site of Liss Ard Estate

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