Stuart Townsend and the Hill of Tara
I interviewed the actor/director Stuart Townsend last Sunday beside the Hill of Tara and I also interviewed his pal Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I didn’t feel like I was meeting ‘celebrities’. I felt I was meeting men who can care deeply about issues that are much bigger than themselves…and that is the kind of ‘celebrity’ I really like to meet! They were involved in an amazing project. Stuart had asked his pal, aerial artist John Quigley, to do some aerial art at Tara. Vast numbers of people turned up to form themselves into the shape of a harp and the words ‘Save Tara Valley’. It was a message to the skies, but it was also a message that was photographed from a helicopter and published around the world. In the aerial art people became ‘art’. What an amazing and wonderful way to gather folks together. And it was fun! I’d love to interview John Quigley himself one day. He’s done similar projects in the Amazon, the Arctic, Miami and many other places. He seems to know how to gather people together in a way that isn’t divisive but wondrous.
I recently read Anne Tyler’s lovely book Digging To America. Her books are elusive and true. Grounded in ordinary life and love but also extraordinary. And wise.
Love and light,