An absolute pleasure to do work again with Dublin City Council, this time on the temporary board in Portobello plaza and public park. Right on the soutside of the Dublin canal the swans can be seen going up and down the waterway and always collect as a group right near this spot.There are 27 swans on this section of the canal and the painting depecits the wingspans as the take off and land on the water.
SPACER @ Waterford Walls Street Art Festival 2019
Waterford Walls Street Art Festival 2019
Another great time at this years Waterford Walls Street art Festival. They pulled off another great even this year with some amazing artists from around the globe.
A massive thanks to Edel and Gabe Mj, and volunteers for all the help and assistance in giving me a spot, Getting me a wall and anything I needed while painting. Also a big thanks to Steve for helping with the Scaffolding and the lifts. Another big thanks to Waterford County Council who have been supporting this event for the past 6 years. If you want to see some of the best street art in the country head down to Waterford and check out the street art tour.
This year I had a gable house end on the corner of Morrisons road and Silevekeale Road which is opposite Norris’s Bar at the end of Barrik Street.
This years Spacer had a few little bits I had to work with including a satellite dish and an electrical box. Originally I was going to do a moon-buggy for the dish and maybe a robot or Hall . After doing up the sketches and on the way down I was thinking of 50 years on the moon why not a tellie? ….
For more info on artists at this years festival and walking tours you can check https://waterfordwalls.ie/
SPACER IN FACEBOOK
Spacer with some dandelions in the new administration office at the Facebook Data Centre in Clonee, Co Meath.
Big thanks to James, Cliff and John, and the lads on the site for the help. Enjoyed doing this one.
BRENDAN BHEAN SUMMERHILL DUBLIN 1
This was a tough one for me but I enjoyed it a lot. This was a small project working with the Residents Association at Richmond Cottages in Summer hill Dublin 1. We chatted for a few weeks about what we could do for the commission. It was decided and agreed by the residents to do this picture of Irish Writer Brendan Bhean.
Its been quite some time since I painted a portrait and Ive never painted on of this scale.
Measuring approx 9×6 Meters High.
It took me a while to get the face I wanted or was happy with. Ots of frustration over the few days but I was happy in the end. I owe a huge thanks to Brian the house owner and the man who organised the scaffolding, allowing me those extra few days.
Also a big thanks to Mick Raferty and the local residents association. Lastly I owe Tommy a big thanks. He was helping me out and cracking jokes for the duration.
This was fun. Im looking forward to another opportunity for a large one like this.
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Richmond Cottages, Summer Hill Dublin 1.
9Q52+53 Dublin, County Dublin
BLACKROCK CASTLE OBSERVATORY – THE WALLS PROJECT
I was very happy to get back to Cork and this time to get a big 16meter by 5.5 meter painting of Spacer. This one is an extension of the loves me loves me not painting presented initially for the European Space Agencies Living Planet Symposium in Milan earlier this year.
After chatting with the guys in the ESA and Blackrock Castle Observatory we deicided that we would do another version of Spacer plucking a daisy. Again, this one is about climate and the choice we make with nature and the environment so its great to continue that message and also as part celebration for the Moon landings 50 years ago.
This project wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the Edel and Gabe at the Walls project and is Commissioned by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, it is funded through Cork City Council’s new City Centre Placemaking Fund. In February 2019, Cork City Council issued an open call for submissions which would “enhance, improve, and enliven people’s experience of Cork city centre” through this fund and ten projects were successful.
The team at The Observatory also used new mural as an anchor for City Centre outreach activities, including as a stop on a new walking trail, “The Moon Walk” that chronicles the events of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, using Cork City landmarks as milestones. The walk was launched earlier today as NASA Astronaut Dan Tani paid a visit to The Observatory.
For more information see : https://www.bco.ie/events/cork-moon-walk/
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory lead celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. While RTÉ are broadcasting a live commemorative show from the observatory itself on Saturday the 20th July, the BCO observatory team will bring the space experience to the heart of the city by transforming Nano Nagle Place and St Peter’s Cork into The Moon and The Earth respectively for the whole weekend.
“These celebrations are an important reminder of humanity’s most daring and impressive achievement” says Dr Niall Smith, Head of CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. “I know that seeing this event live had a deeply profound impact on me, and here at the observatory, we’re hoping that these anniversary celebrations will serve to rekindle that inspirational spirit for a generation that wasn’t lucky enough to see this incredible moment first-hand”.
In honour of the iconic anniversary, the observatory will host a brand-new exhibit from July 22nd, on all things Apollo. They will also open up a whole new area that allows visitors to observe some of the real-time research taking place in their labs.
To find out more about the celebrations in Cork, visit www.bco.ie/events/cork-moon-walk/
To find out more about the RTE broadcast live from CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/1061059-the-day-we-landed-on-the-moon