Posts Tagged ‘Tallaght’

Brookfield Community Garden

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


Back in July 2011, I facilitated the painting of a wall out in Brookfield with children from the local primary school. It was the first phase of a clean-up operation for a laneway between the school and the estates which had been used for illegal dumping as well as being the site for a tragic death. In the two years since this piece was completed, the laneway has been transformed, with raised beds, irrigation systems and colourful signage all in place. A number of local community projects look after the scheme, and I’ve got to say fair play to them for all the work they’ve put in. A few weeks ago I dropped back to work with another youth group (many of whom I worked with years ago and are still spraypainting!) and we did a 60ft mural near the entrance of the laneway. The sun stayed out and we got some nice results!



Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I know it’s late, but I was working on a project out in Tallaght recently entitled ‘Unwrapped’. Involved telling the story of the Holly King and Oak King battling it out, with the Oak King being victorious and waking up the Spring Maiden while he’s at it (and singing this song).

Here’s a sample of one of the pieces:

There were singers, poets, performers, composers, costume makers and more involved; my role was to create some artwork that encapsulated the story and could be projected onto the Rua Red building over five nights. The first four nights told a piece of the story (like the piece above), with the whole thing coming together on the fifth and final night, which looked like this:

There was a huge performance piece involving a procession through the square, three choirs, several tableaux vivantes and the lighting of the Christmas tree by the Mayor of  South Dublin. The event was a great success: really well attended and loads of original new artwork created, be it the costumes, the poem written by Sue Hassett, the choral compositions from Gerry Horan or indeed my illustration stuff. Check the video:

Big shouts to Tony Fegan, Tori Durrer, Gerry Horan and the Alt Ents crew for making this happen!