Describing Architecture

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Achrantos / Stephen Tierney


Photography, archival inkjet print
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Achrantos – spotless, undefiled.

These pictures were taken at a time of uncertainty and change. People were leaving rural areas and moving abroad. The value and use of land was unclear, our sovereignty and identity compromised. For two years our office was involved in building a Summer house in the west of Ireland, there was very little other building work going on, an unsettling quiet, many new houses were falling into ruin.

Achrantos, refers to the dogma of the holiness of Mary. The state and role of Marian shrines throughout the West, so often the focus of small communities, was a frame to view a landscape in question.

Stephen studied History of Art in Dublin and Italy before studying architecture in London, he teaches design in UCD and shares an architectural practice, Tierney Haines Architects with his wife Nicola Haines.