6 x 9”
photograph on metal
A keyhole may be a small object, but it is also a significant part of a building’s heritage and speaks to the building's encounters with people and the times in which they lived. Again and again, there was a practiced pattern of the reach into a pocket to let fingertips find the familiar shape of the matching key, the nudge of a knuckle sliding the circular brass plate aside, revealing the aperture and eventually, entrance.
It is a mistake to think of this abandoned Irish school house as being empty. Rather it is filled with memories and faded echoes of voices, including my own while exploring the property in County Clare, Ireland with the late David Lang.
The Willbrook National School (1884-1988) now quietly waits along the road to Corofin for the key to its future.