Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Invisible Dog

This location between a court house and a Garda station was tricky for a re-homing, so I had to come up with an alternative solution:

and here's the original:
4th October 2010, 1.03pm. Old woman talking Irish to an invisible dog. Charcoal and gesso on inkjet print.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Loo lunch

Second re-homing completed - more on this project here.
7th March 2011 6.30pm, Somebody's lunch back in the loo.

Here's the original:

7th October 2010, 8.05pm. Somebody's Lunch in the Loo. Inkjet print and post-it note.
Not sure what this piece says about me - that I like to associate myself with toilets in art colleges perhaps :)

Friday, 4 March 2011

surprise and joy

"If someone has had a bad day and finds one of our figures on a traffic light on their way home and it brings a smile to their face then we have brightened up their day. Surprise and joy are our motivation" 
Thundercut, New York Street Artist

" I would like to make as many people as possible laugh without resorting to selling them anything or demanding anything from them"
London Police, London Street Artist

Both quoted in Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art by Claudia Walde

Good aims, say I :) 

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Five hundred sunflowers

Chamber Court and Weaver Court in inner city Dublin were three blocks of council flats built in the 1960's, located just off Cork Street in Dublin 8. All told these three blocks contained 94 flats housing up to 500 people. Weaver Court was where the city council started concentrating all its problem residents who had been kicked out from other council houses for anti-social behaviour. Needless to say that that wonderful piece of social planning turned the entire place into a troubled estate.
Chamber Court in March 2007

In 2005 in an attempt at haussmanisation the city council decided to pack it in all together and demolish the three blocks. A public private partnership was formed to replace the blocks with a mix of private and social housing, emphasis on the private. The existing residents were being moved to the back end of Ballyfermot, though after a public campaign resisting the demolition, at least some of the families ended up getting housing in nearby Rialto.

In 2008 the blocks were demolished.

Demolition of Weaver Court in September 2008

In early 2009 the Public Private Partnership to replace the houses collapsed.

Today the site is empty and fenced off.

Yesterday, me and my beautiful assistant, Darling Daughter, seed bombed the site with the seeds of five hundred sunflowers.

seed bombing in action

If even a tenth of them take root I shall be happy!
Fingers crossed everyone and send your offerings up to any fertility gods that may be lingering around!

edit 6th March 2011: for a different take on the same site look at this by Annette.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Seed bombing prep

Spring is nearly here!Time to get ready for the planting season..

Take two parts native seeds and three parts compost..

add 5 parts clay and shape into little balls. Leave to dry for a day or two.

I used this recipe as I as a potter have easy access to clay - other variations here.. You can also use the air drying clay sold in craft stores, just not the plastic varieties!

Friday, 25 February 2011

walls with eyes

Some Dublin streets are so lined with CCTV cameras sometimes I feel like even the walls are watching me..

Though maybe it's just me...

(Blog weary after one week, no stamina, huh. Thanks for all ye visitors, don't be shy to comment)