aisling o'beirn
artist documentation site

installation shot

detail of installation




a small urban inventory 2005

golden thread gallery,belfast
curated by peter richards

A small urban inventory is a body of work derived from an ongoing collection of urban myths, anecdotes, nicknames and hand drawn maps collected from a variety of cities over a number of years.

The work is concerned with how people describe their locality and use local knowledge to navigate the urban environment. The installation consists of a laberinth of signs made from hand drawn maps from various cities and architectural models of politically significant Belfast landmarks.

The website 'A Small Urban Inventory also accompanies this work. The site attempts to collate and catagorise the ever expanding collection of myths anecdotes, nicknames and maps
. Surfers can also contribute new material to the project whilst drinking coffee from Belfast Story Mugs.