Creative Research, video-sonic explorations, land-art installations, writings and curation.

Connections and re-connections. Celebrating the proximity of the contemporary and the ancient.

DEISEAL - emerging from history, archaeology, myth and site

DEISEAL - peeling back the layers of the landscape

DEISEAL - gateways to timeless, enchanted spaces

Deiseal: “Drinking over the left thumb; blessing your benefactors while circling sun-wise three times around them; rowing sun-wise; ceremonies surrounding holy wells; drawing near the grave at a funeral by approaching it east to west; drawing fiery circles, sun-wise, around houses, cattle, corn and cornfields, to ward off evil spirits or any injury from witchcraft; also done by midwives, at the time of childbirth, to prevent the fairies from stealing away infants”

Deiseal=Sunwise: Old Irish. dessel; Modern Irish. deiseal; Hiberno-English. deshel; Scots Gaelic. deiseal; Manx jeshal; Cornish. gans an howl.

“Deshil Holles eamus. Deshil Holles eamus. Deshil Holles eamus.

Send us, bright one, light one, Horhorn, quickening, and wombfruit. (3x)

Hoopsa, boyaboy, hoopsa! Hoopsa, boyaboy, hoopsa! Hoopsa, boyaboy, hoopsa!” 

James Joyce, Ulysses

“Can modern sculpture be shaped to produce works which have a genuine social relevance and popular appeal?... Can they be brought to bear on themes from history, legend, political ideology, local lore, national or international aspirations, the spirit of modern humanism, the achievements of modern science, and the personalities of great men and women of our time?  Or in other words, can the purist vocabulary of modern art be united with the human range which public art had at its command in previous ages?  This, it seems to me, is one of the real central conundrums of the Post-Modernist age.”

Brian Fallon - The Role of Public Art in Ireland, 1998 World Landscape Lecture


A land-art project by Antony Lyons,

in collaboration with Holger Lonze, Niall O' Neill and others

Other Public Projects

In the early days, the primary focus for the Deiseal project was land-art sculpture.

Between 2008 & 2013, Deiseal was shortlisted for a number of major public art commissions:

N8 Tipperary, ROI, 2008

N52 Tullamore, ROI, 2008

Falls Road, Belfast, NI, 2009

Mossley Mill, NI, 2009

St Columba Heritage Trail, Derry, NI, 2012


Public Projects