Proposals should explore the possibilities of:

  • A poetic interpretation of Yeats’ work The Lake Isle of Innisfree;
  • An evocation of Yeats’ vision;
  • A resonance with this landscape and place;
  • ‘Light touch’ and environmentally sensitive design.


It is proposed that for the event of Yeats Day 2015, the intervention will become the centrepiece for readings broadcast to The Model for a major public event. The intervention should evoke the vision of WB Yeats’ Innisfree, while facilitating a moment of reading or reflection. It can also be designed as a purely sculptural or interactive piece.


Due to the nature of the project, its situation in the public realm and in a SAC, the proposal must:

  • be safe during construction, maintenance and public use and comply with all relevant Health and Safety legislation;
  • be suitable for outdoors and all weather conditions. Whilst it is a temporary structure for Innisfree (three months), this piece is to be a permanent fixture on the campus of the Institute of Technology Sligo. The designer will have no responsibility for removal and relocating of winning piece.
  • be easily assembled, disassembled, stored, transported and reassembled;
  • have practical regard to the site’s accessibility and sensitivity with regard to materials, transport and installation processes.

The site may be located anywhere on the island or on the surrounding water. There is no power supply to the site and there are no specific guidelines regarding the dimensions of materials to be used in the work. Storage of materials and transportation to the island from the local pier will be finalised in conjunction with the winning entrant.


Criteria for selection

Proposals will be assessed under the following criteria:

  • Compliance with the brief
  • Quality of concept and design
  • Understanding of context
  • Environmentally sensitive
  • Deliverability