“A habitat for a whole host of living things”
Tramore Valley Park spans 170 acres off the city’s South Link Road and has a history of great environmental change. From the 1960’s until 2009, the site was used as a landfill with over 3 million tonnes of waste from Cork homes and businesses deposited on site. Plans were made to repurpose the land, and ten years after the landfill’s closure, the site was transformed into a public park for the people of Cork City. It became a habitat for a whole host of living things with whom this project aims to establish ‘a kinship’.
As artists LennonTaylor explain:
“The Park is an archaeology of our past, our friends’ pasts, and all of us that lived and grew in the city in those years. We are part of that park, we are responsible, we own some of the history of that landscape. The KinShip Project represents a challenge of the imagination in this era of climate change, and for all of us.”
LennonTaylor invite the public to participate in The Midden Chronicles’, a year-long deep mapping of the park. Together they suggest that everyday activities like growing, foraging, composting, rewilding, walking, beekeeping, planting and sensing are forms of contemporary storytelling. Working with collaborators they will record, broadcast, perform, write, visualise, create and share impressions with the park, its wider community of life and the citizens of Cork City.