Street art in Dublin: Tintin, teddies and robots star on traffic-light boxes

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Novel approach by Dublin City Council brightens up the streets of the Irish capital

We’re delighted to have this story and photographs by Alan Ryan (check him out on Twitter):

Tintin on Chancery Street, Dublin
Tintin on Chancery Street, Dublin. Art by Grainne Tynan. Photo by Alan Ryan.

In Dublin city grey traffic light boxes are being given a vibrant face-lift! It’s all part of the Dublin City Beta project – a new approach from Dublin City Council to experiment, test ideas and innovate directly on the streets of the capital. The most important thing they ask for is your opinion.

The Beta projects are taking place in what’s known as the beta area.

The traffic light box art is one of the first projects in the beta initiative. Designers were given a brief asking them to create something that reinforced or enhanced the identity of that area of the city.

After a selection process the artist and artwork were chosen and earlier this year the painting of the traffic light boxes got underway.

At Inns Quay, Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin
At Inns Quay, Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin. Art by Hawkie. Photo by Alan Ryan

It is hoped that the project will save the council money, enhance the area around, and strengthen the identity of the area in the minds of people who may have a relationship with the area, be it living, working, visiting or just passing through there.

Could I be Art? At King Street and Church Street, Dublin
Could I be Art? At King Street and Church Street, Dublin. Photo by Alan Ryan

Traffic light boxes were chosen because they attract graffiti and stickers, which make them look untidy.

The council then has to paint and re-paint these boxes on a regular basis which costs them money.

Francis Quinn an artist, who is photographed below, was just starting his painting. He said: “I’m so happy to finally get this started, I’ve been waiting all month for a bit of good weather.”

Take a look at some of the artwork:

Francis Quinn at work, Dublin
Francis Quinn at work at King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin. Photo by Alan Ryan
Mural, Ink and Acrylic Paint on Aluminium, King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin
The finished box. Mural, Ink and Acrylic Paint on Aluminium, King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin City. Photo courtesy of Francis Quinn
Mural, Ink and Acrylic Paint on Aluminium, King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin
Photo courtesy of Francis Quinn
Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin
The Bookcase at Ormond Quay, Dublin. Art by Holly & Cathal. Photo by Alan Ryan.
Ormond Quay, Dublin - "Bookcase" by Holly & Cathal
Ormond Quay – “Bookcase” by Holly & Cathal. Photo by infomatique
Nothing happens until you make it happen, Dublin
Art by Epifania. Photo by Alan Ryan
Art by Epifania. The Luas passes close by. Dublin
Art by Epifania. The Luas passes close by. Photo by infomatique
Traffic box, Dublin
Art by Nicola Colton. Photo by Alan Ryan
Traffic box, Dublin
Bolt-On Robot. Art by Anna Doran. Photo by Alan Ryan.
Traffic box, Dublin
Art by Starman Super. Photo by Alan Ryan.
Viking at Fishamble Street/Lord Edward Street, outside Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Tarsila Kruse at work creating the Viking at Fishamble Street/Lord Edward Street, outside Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. © Tarsila Kruse
Viking at Fishamble Street/Lord Edward Street, outside Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Tarsila with the finished work. © Tarsila Kruse
Street art in Dublin: Tintin, teddies and robots star on traffic-light boxes was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by Oonagh Shiel
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