Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reveals colourful traffic light boxes

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Kenneth Fox
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have revealed their new colourful traffic light control boxes.

As part of the Dublin Canvas initiative, the council collaborated with local artists to brighten up the usually bland boxes.

The council posted on their Facebook page saying "A lot of our traffic light control boxes have recently been repainted in the County by local artists as part of the Dublin Canvas public art project and we love all the finished pieces! Have you seen any of these works of art in your daily commute yet?"

DublinCanvas: 'Colour in the County' is "An idea and project intended to bring flashes of colour & creativity to everyday objects in the city. Less grey, more play," according to their website.

A lot of our traffic light control boxes have recently been repainted in the County by local artists as part of the...

Posted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Speaking to BreakingNews.ie Ursula O'Connor part of the economic development team at the council said "We are looking to do 20 throughout the county and then in Sandyford Business Districts they are doing a further five."

She said they were spoiled for choice when it came to the ideas brought forward by Dublin Canvas. The ones they did choose though have significance for different locations around the county area.

"The James Joyce one was done by Hannah Moran out near Sandycove avenue, which was quite an obvious one." The James Joyce Tower & Museum is located in Sandycove itself.

She said another piece was done in the centre of Dun Laoighire near the church which again reflects its surroundings, with a flock of doves.

One of the more striking pieces is called 'A bird in the hand' created by Juliette O'Brien.

As Ms O'Connor explains "She was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and inclusivity as well as the issue of ethnicity."

Initial trial

Dublin Canvas itself started in the Summer of 2015 with 15 boxes dotted along Rathmines, Camden Street and Baggot Street areas of Dublin City Centre.

They said "This initial trial was deemed successful. Between 2015 - 2019, Dublin Canvas expanded further, spreading out right across each of the four Dublin County Councils."

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By the end of Autumn 2020, there will be over 500 pieces completed - located across County Dublin.

The completed artwork "brightens up and turns these once dull, heavily tagged boxes into beautiful works of art", which as they described transforms Dublin into a "walking gallery of public art."

They said "Dublin Canvas runs from Spring and finishes by late Autumn. A callout for submissions of artwork is made late Spring. The selection process then takes place and the artwork is painted throughout the Summer and late Autumn months.

"By their very nature, each box is located at traffic junctions making them highly visible to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

"Dublin is a very beautiful City, however, sometimes and in certain areas, it can do with a helping hand."

They said by participating in the project, you can help to "transform selected boxes into works of art, helping to brighten up Dublin."

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