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'something permanent' (for Eileen Gray) - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin

a poem by Alice Lyons (2013)


something permanent


Pigeons released carrying my poem for Eileen Gray from rooftop in Berlin



In May 2015 the latest version of Irish artist Sarah Browne‘s project Remembering Gray was realised at Haus Huth, Berlin. This work consists of the transmission of the poem ‘something permanent’ by Alice Lyons. This poem was commissioned in lieu of a formal eulogy or obituary existing for Eileen Gray, the Irish designer/artist/architect (1878-1976).
Produced with the intention of being translated into Morse code, previous versions have included a light intervention at Grazer Kunstverein and a shortwave radio station at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. On this occasion, the poem is being distributed by homing pigeons from the topmost balcony in Haus Huth – the only building in the Potsdamer Platz area of Berlin that survived the bombing of WWII.
Pigeons will be released periodically throughout the run of the exhibition From a Poem to a Sunset at Daimler Contemporary, which happens to coincide with the spring / summer pigeon racing season, and will conclude on August 30th.  Photo by James Brady.