Award winning poet, artist and psychotherapist, Christina Reihill provides yet another original and powerful conception of soul expressed through the medium of space in WallWalks. Through the light of darkness, Christina creates, a compelling spatial installation providing a sanctuary for the soul and along with it a reminder of the soul’s latent desire for stillness and reflection.
Supported by Irish Rail and ColorTrend, Wallwalks is a capacious prism of creativity, providing an unforgettable experiential moment which captures the visitor and the soul entirely, suspending them in time. Its sensual stillness, its damson colour, its hauntingly beautiful string composition, its soothing scent and its radiant beams of light fused with candle shadow spill illumination onto the poet’s carefully crafted words. These are words that make infinite sense to the visitor, chiselled boldly on the wall.
WallWalks provides an unequalled artistic space of measured reflection, retreat and healing, a step away from the bustle of being, where the visitor cannot but wholly surrender to the soul and self and in doing so, finds a new restorative calm and connection. Speaking about WallWalks installation Christina Reihill said:
“WallWalks is a place of transformation that captures the soul’s longing and need to transcend darkness in order to know love.”
WallWalks is located on Main Street, Blackrock Co Dublin and is open to the Public on Sunday from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Private viewings are also available. WallWalks is supported by generous benefactors including Irish Rail, ColorTrend, and John Kavanagh Lighting.
WallWalks which started with a word, is a positive mental health initiative with attitude, by SoulBurgers, Award Winning Arthouse. “Death, loss, grief, addiction and suicide touch all our lives “says poet Christina Reihill the originator and award winning artist of this initiative which started aims to roll out nationwide in Jan.
“We all face walls in our lives at one time or another whether it’s with a cancer diagnosis, the loss of a child, parent/job or dream so the thinking behind wallwalks is to share our experience and way of getting through, not isolate those suffering.
We think of mental health issues in terms of victims “I’m not ok” and caregivers “I am ok ” – this is wrong thinking” says Reihill whose pulled through the worst of mental challenges including drug and alcohol addiction and knows many who’ve done the same and survived worse.
Thanks to Irish Rail, Colortrend, RDC Communications, Ampersand Studio Dublin, Last Stop carpets, Dun Laoghaire, Tutor Images, Khan and Educogyms and a host of others too many to list, this initiative has won the imagination of many already.
“We need to start viewing mental health like we’ve started to think about the gym” no matter how un-fit we are, however immobilised, we can be fitter.
Each word /phrase is a link to the on line conversation and to join it you’re invited to phototograph the site and the chosen photo will win a present from one of our supporters – a gift to yourself – a gym membership voucher, a silk scarf, a service to your car.
In providing a single voice WallsWalks seeks to remind that we’re never alone facing the walls of vulnerability but that there is a way through the hardest and highest of them all”.
WallWalks is for those who acknowledge that struggle is part of all our lives but in sharing we can find a way through … join the conversation. The craftsmanship of Marek Chmieleawski and Przemystaw Kasprzak has also assisted Christina Reihill’s vision for this work.