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This Dunluce Castle apparition is a stroke of genius

By Linda Stewart

Take a close look at this image of Dunluce Castle - can you spot the invisible woman?

This is the incredible image produced by body artist Trina Merry, who has been making her camouflaged subjects melt into world famous landmarks.

Trina started her body artistry back home in the USA but recently created a series of landmark images across the UK and Ireland, including models blending into Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and the Cliffs of Moher.

She says she chose to create her body paint masterpieces in Ireland because she studied Irish folklore, mythology and history at college and feels a strong connection to the island.

"Ireland has had its share of struggles so I wanted to select locations in the north, south, east and west, signifying a unified Ireland," she said.

Her locations included Trim Castle outside Dublin and Blarney Castle, finally moving to Northern Ireland for the final work of art at Dunluce.

"I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan and used to have the Houses Of The Holy album cover with this castle on my wall, and of course it was used by CS Lewis as the inspiration for Cair Paravel in Narnia, and I love those stories," she said.

"I find ruins to be fascinating and really beautiful.

"The people who made this castle are gone, but I can take that creation, even in a deteriorating state and make a new creation out of it. I think that's beautiful."

Trina described the weather in Ireland as "entirely insane", as she braved 100km per hour winds and lashing rain at the Cliffs of Moher. She said: "When it started to rain essentially it was the same as standing in an ice cold shower, making the paint run down the model's skin.

"She was amazingly positive and one should never question the strength of Irish women.

"All of the paintings in Ireland took less than an hour because I painted as quickly as possible before the weather changed again.

"I'd move to Ireland in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the crazy weather simply because I don't know if I could survive it. The Irish are strong people."

She plans to come back to carry out more body paint works, saying: "I'd simply say my Irish series is not completed yet and I intend to use more men and women in the upcoming images, representing connections to legendary characters like Finn McCool, Grainne O'Malley etc.

"I always love Ireland – its gorgeous shades of green, majestic landscapes, deep history and colourful legends. I love the open and welcoming people of Ireland – their warmth, strength, perseverance and ability to enjoy life and work together as a team in the face of adversity.

"Despite long days at work and crazy weather, they know how to enjoy life and have big hearts.

"Everyone I met went out of their way to be extremely hospitable, helpful and accommodating. I'm sure seeing me paint made for a lot of interesting pub stories. Though this was a short trip, I was struck by how different people are, and each region's way of speaking."

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