Post Colony is a project devised by artist Gareth Kennedy which will explore the natural, industrial, colonial and heritage histories of Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry. It will use the invasive species Rhododendron pontium as a medium in this process. First introduced to Ireland in the 1700’s this plant has become deeply problematic to the natural biodiversity within the national park.
Between May 28th and June 6th 2014, a community of interest led by woodsman Eoin Donnelly will gather for 9-10 days for an immersive workshop at the isolated site of the Glena Cottage within the park. This Victorian Cottage is now derelict and overrun by groves of mature Rhododendron.
During the workshop participants will establish a green woodworking 'bodging' encampment for polelathing one legged stools made from rhododendron, used in traditional charcoal burning. The project will culminate in a vigil around a charcoal kiln for the production of charcoal from the troublesome plant.
This entire process will be filmed in 16mm.
The final film will be premiered at Muckross House as part of Kerry Film Festival and also as an exhibition at Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre in Tralee.
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