Carrick a rede rope bridge

£600.00

 

A little about the original 

Soft pastel on paper.
Larger than A4.
Comes in a mount and cellophane wrap.

 

Soft green and bright blue soft pastel depicting this familiar rope bridge, darker colours making the headlands that each end of the rope clings to.

A bold piece for the bold adventurer.

A stunning piece which would hold space on any wall.

A great gift for art lovers.

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The inspiration behind the painting

Not for the faint hearted this famous rope bridge is a firm favourite with any friends and visitors we have had in the past.

 

About the location

 

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (locally pronounced carrick-a-reed) is a rope bridge near Ballintoy in County AntrimNorthern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede (from IrishCarraig a’ Ráid, meaning ‘rock of the casting’). It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust. In 2018, the bridge had 485,736 visitors!

It is thought salmon fishermen have been building bridges to the island for over 350 years. It has taken many forms over the years. In the 1970s it had only one handrail and large gaps between the slats. A new bridge, tested up to ten tonnes, was built with the help of local climbers and abseilers in 2000.

Another was built in 2004 and offered visitors and fishermen alike a much safer passage to the island.

The current wire rope and Douglas fir bridge was made by Heyn Construction in Belfast and raised early in 2008 at a cost of over £16,000.  There have been many instances where visitors, unable to face the walk back across the bridge, have had to be taken off the island by boat.

 

 

About the artist

 

Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:

> Nominated 40 under 40

> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday

> Finalist in the East Side Awards

Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.

She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.

Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.

Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings.  Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.

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