I See You
Public Art Installation Created for Earth Day 2022
Supported by Creative Ireland and Westmeath County Council
I See You (2022)
Acrylic mirror on plywood
I See You is inspired by the African philosophy of Ubuntu - the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
The title is inspired by the Bantu languages of Africa. Bantu speakers do not have the greeting “Hello” in their language, instead they say “Sawa Bona” (I See You). To which the response is “Sikhona!” (I am here!). In choosing these words, they continually bring each other into existence. The less we see ourselves as individuals, the more we see humanity as a whole.
Seeing oneself reflected in a mirrored silhouette of another human being not only connects us with the artwork, but to ourselves, the sky above us and the earth beneath us. It intends to create a shift in how we think about ourselves, how we see each other, and how we view every other living thing on the planet.
This installation is on display at Athlone Civic Centre green from April 22nd (Earth Day) until May 23rd 2022.