In this re-hanging of Still life with… made in 2010 for our AIB Prize exhibition, we want to focus on the miracle that colour is for the human race.

You can’t miss those giant fruit, but what if you didn’t have trichromatic vision?

Brightly coloured fruit are thought to have had a large role to play in the development of our tri-chromatic colour vision system.

Our ancestors probably survived because their trichromatic vision allowed them to pick out fruit quickly against a background of another colour, thus trichromatic vision would have had considerable survival value for primates. (Steward & Cole 1989). Dogs, on the other hand, have only two types of cones, and see far less colours than we do. They survived too, but then dogs don’t eat fruit.

The giant fruit (below) were created by students from the Department of Arts Education & Physical Education in the Facility of Education in MIC in Limerick, as part of Cleary & Connolly’s AIB Prize exhibition Still Life With…at LCGA and The Hunt Museum, Limerick in 2010.


Interactive video installation

Model fruit


Dimensions : variable

Year : 2010