Invite to launch of Landscape Anomalies by Ward Wylie Atelier 23rd September 2016

All RSUA members are invited to attend the launch of Landscape Anomalies by Ward Wylie Atelier on the evening of Friday 23rd September 2016 in Cushendall. There will be music and light refreshments.

The new work centres on the Glens of Antrim. It consists of a boxed-set of writing, maps and photographs responding to notable aspects of local landscape. Anomalies which catch the eye, delight the mind and so enrich the wider experience of hills and glens.

Organisers: Seamus Ward & Robin Wylie

Venue: J. Mc Collam’s Bar Mill St Cushendall
Date:   Friday 23 September 6.30 – 9.30 pm
To book: Contact Seamus Ward on

Here is the foreword to the book by Alison Smith:

This small gem of a book is the latest in a series of collaborations between the conceptual architects Seamus Ward and Robin Wylie. It marks a journey along a 50 mile stretch of the northern coast of CountyAntrim, from Ballygally to Portbradden, and takes its inspiration from the rich web of associations conjured up by the ‘anomalies’or relics of history and nature encountered along the way.

Avoiding the obvious tourist attractions of Ulster– the Titanic quarter in Belfastand the Giant’s Causeway– the various sites that comprise the guide are no less compelling in terms of the tragedies and personal narratives they have come to embody over time. Like enigmatic clues used in a treasure hunt, each descriptive passage teases out a range of human and mythological connections with the aim of
linking humanity to nature and Ulster to the wider world. In their present stepped form the Portbradden mounds are thus suggestive of some vast Mayan temple or the flow of steps leading into Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence. Likewise a now desolate ruin that once formed part of the port built by the East India Company servant Francis Turnly assumes an aura of existential isolation akin to that of the protagonists in Samuel Beckett’s play Murphy. By peppering each page like a scrapbook with personal observations and memorabilia, the authors invite the reader
to venture out in a similar spirit of inquiry, respectful of the old cliché that in the broader scheme of things it is the little and overlooked that often proves to be the most rewarding.