Saturday 16 December 2017

Artists help bring love to city lanes

The back lanes of Temple Bar have been transformed into works of art, thanks to a 'Love the Lanes' initiative.

Over the years the city centre lanes fell into disuse and became magnets for anti-social behaviour.

Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company have come together to tackle this problem with 'Love the Lanes'.

The goal of the project is to reactivate these lanes for people to use and enjoy through creative intervention.

Street artists in Dublin have been transforming both the streets and the buildings of our capital for the past few years.

Anna Doran is one of the artists who was selected to transform the lane at Crampton Court with her tiled wall installation based on the theme of a 'Lovers' Lane'.

Anna told the Herald: "My idea was to create a sort of lovers' lane, with lots of bright colours and quotes about love on tiles along the wall.

"I used quotes from love songs and poems and I asked my friends for some quotes about love too. There's some great Irish wit on the wall with phrases like 'Will you go with my mate?' and 'She's a ride'.

"It's such a great idea to transform the lanes and I've already seen so many more tourists and cycling tours using the lane."

Other artists involved in the Crampton Court transformation were female street artist group the Minaw Collective while Esther Gerard, Eoghan O'Riordan and Edward Coveney created beautiful greenwall installations.

Street art has quickly become an accepted form of art in the city and no one knows this better than celebrated artist James Earley.

James is one of the best-known street artists in Dublin having completed impressive projects such as the mural on the Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar, the blue mural on the Drury Buildings and has recently painted a mural at the new Facebook offices.

"The acceptance of street art and graffiti as a legitimate form of art in Dublin is just amazing. I've been very lucky to be able to forge a career doing something I love," he said.


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