For this year's Tread Softly Festival, sculptor Bettina Seitz collaborated with videographers Fionn Rogers and Peter Martin to create Ancestors, a sculptural installation of ghost-like, life-size figures representing the former inhabitants of Oyster Island, an uninhabited island off the Sligo coast.

Watch a series of haunting videos capturing the installation below.

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Inspired by their daily lives and custodial role on the island, this site-responsive installation explores how our ancestors lived in close contact with the natural world.

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It is also an enquiry into continuity between our distant ancestors and us, and whether we can find our place as part of an interconnected natural world again.

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"My sculptural practice is concerned with our connection to the 'Other' – from how we relate as human beings to each other to how we relate to the ‘Other’ in the sense of our interconnection with everything", says Bettina Seitz.

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"I explore these themes mainly through life-size sculpture and site-responsive sculpture installations in concrete, resin, wax, fabric or aluminium using a range of techniques including life-casting, modelling and lost wax casting. In recent projects I have cast directly over myself and others to create life-like hollow sculptures where the absence of the figure resonates a ghost like human presence and evokes associations with the past and otherness."

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The tenth Tread Softly festival continues until 21st Aug, with a programme of events inspired by the landscape of county Sligo - find out more here.