Cirein-cròin, 2016, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh - Art Walk Porty

Cirein-cròin, 2016, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh - Art Walk Porty

Cirein-cròin - Great Beast of The Ocean

Ceirean, Cirein-cròin or cionarain-cròinis a large sea monster in Scottish Gaelic folklore. An old saying claims that it was so large that it fed on seven whales: Local folklores say this huge animal can disguise himself as a small, silver fish when fisherman come in contact with it.  Other accounts state the reason for the disguise was to attract its next meal; when the fisherman would catch it in its small silver fish form, but once aboard the boat, it changed back to the monster and ate him.

Can Do with Upward Mobility

Participants of Leonard Cheshire Disabilities 'Can Do' programme who attend Upward Mobility created their own vision of this 'Great Beast of the Ocean' in workshops facilitated by Fiona Hermse using a variety of materials, many of which were recycled or donated.  The Great Beast was displayed for 6 days as part of Art Walk Porty, a festival which celebrates the public space and artistic activity of Portobello, Edinburgh's Seaside from 2-4 September 2016.