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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 3, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    Electric Picnic – Day One

    Laurence Mackin

    The sun is beaten down on the Electric Picnicers in Stradbally, with the event warming up nicely. Every year there is one big colourful piece of art to greet festival-goers coming through the main entrance into the arena proper and this year it’s tulips. Gigantic red and green constructions by Jig Cochran that will come into their own as darkness falls.

    The boat that becomes something of a photo op for most punters is still locked to the land, and is getting a graffiti makeover. Brazilian artist Askim and Brian Coldrick, James Kirwan and Risto (who some of you might know from their Monster Truck Expo), will be going to work on the, along with a host of other artists, so watch this one take on a life of its own as the weekend progresses.

    The festival organisers are at pains to try and get people to clean up after themselves, so Sophie Maltzan and Fieldwork and Strategies have designed an installation, All Wasted, made out of tents abandoned at festivals. The construction should sway in the wind with some spooky lighting shining through so keep an eye out for it when the sun eventually goes in.

    Those who made it to the Body and Soul festival, or those of you lucky enough to have crossed the Atlantic to take in Burning Man, might well be familiar with Shrine aka Brent Spears. He’s rolled into Stradbally to build a new permanent addition that will be at the Picnic for years to come, so check it out so you can say you saw it first.

    Things are quiet enough in terms of arty stage antics today, though this evening should draw a few punters into the Leviathan Political Cabaret – for Politics in the Internet Age. David McWilliams is at the helm and in about an hour he’ll be kicking off an argument or two with David Cochrane of Politics.ie; Amanda Brown, who writes the Cybersorter Column in this newspaper, Senator Dan Boyle; and Gavin Sheridan of TheStory.ie and KildareStreet.com, with White Cholera.

    For musical reviews and updates, keep an eye on Jim Carroll’s On the Record blog or hit up @thetwicket twitter feed. For those on site, the excellent Daily Ticket is currently been honed to a fine point in a lovely shed out the back of the main stage (which is where this dispatch is coming from). We’ll be filing over the weekend here and @laurencemackin on Twitter. And if you see something particularly fantastic, let us know below or sent us a tweet.

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