CRACKINREALITY’s ‘Fortuna’ at Electric Picnic 2014


32This year I teamed up with some of my (very talented) friends to create a collective called ‘CRACKINREALITY’. Our members include Catherine Jordan, Carrie Lynam (A.K.A – Threadstories), Shane Callaghan and myself Rachel Kiernan.

We would describe ourselves as a collective of creatives that experiment and explore, fusing diverse disciplines. Our multi-disciplinary team has experience and skills in areas such as art, education, craft, sculpture, engineering and building.

The design and realisation of imagined sites and immersive worlds is our shared objective. Conjuring up surreal and fantastical spectacles which cause a crack in reality for spectators, this is our creative purpose.

We took our first maiden voyage into the public realm at Electric Picnic Festival 2014.

DSC_0054‘Fortuna’ was the title for our installation. Named after the goddess of fortune, ‘Fortuna’ was a mystical and mesmerizing delight for festival-goers eyes.

It consisted of a large wheel of fortune that was numbered one to twelve, representing the twelve signs of the zodiac.

At the centre of this wheel there was a smaller circle with a brightly coloured pattern which was reminiscent of a mandala or star tetrahedron.

Angelic wooden wings projected from each side of the wheel, like something that has come straight down from the great carnival in the sky.

Flanking the central spectacle were two boards upon which the fortunes were inscribed. The wheel dealt you a number which you then matched with the corresponding number and fortune on the boards.

Towering above everything was a seductive sign which lured people in through intriguing imagery.

Revellers were invited to spin the wheel to see what their future held. This they done with great enthusiasm. For most of the festival we witnessed a queue of punters waiting patiently for their turn.

We were so happy to see people play, engage and interact with our work.

This piece was a folly and a spectacle of the highest order. It added a layer of wonderment to the otherworldly atmosphere of Body & Soul at Electric Picnic.

We hope that it tickled the imaginations of all those who came in contact with her.


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DSC_0006 2DSC_0001DSC_0023 2 As a symbol, the wheel for fortune represents the stages and elements of life.

It brings into focus the inevitability of change, something that scares a lot of us, however it is something which we should try to embrace and encourage.

The wings signifying stability amidst this movement and change.

It can be seen as a metaphor for the world in which we live and the fact that things tend to go in cycles. There are good times and there are bad times. The lesson of the Wheel of Fortune is that you must accept that there are always ups and downs in life. If you were to have only good times, you would become less appreciative of what you have.

Music makes the world go round and having this piece exhibited at such an amazing musical event only magnified and amplified it’s strength and symbology.


photo 1_2Dressing up has become, for me, one of the most enjoyable parts of going to a festival. I try to have a different outfit for each night. I think my ‘Sparkle Dazzle’ outfit came out on top this time around.

Check out this mask that Carrie made out of a bag that she bought in Penneys. She teamed this with similar patterned belt and scarf which transformed her into a foxy warrior goddess for the night.

I wore a headdress, on the friday night, that I created out of broken necklaces. I also bought these from Penney’s for the amazing price of two euros!!!


Proposal Image - No. 2 - ‘Fortuna’

Working as a team, we found using a shared board on Pinterest to be of great benefit. Check it out to see the kind of images and ideas that inspired us through our creative process.

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Some sketchy sketches and photos of the work in progress.

© All photos shown have been taken by Rachel Kiernan and are not to be used without permission.


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