A couple of weeks ago, illustrator Fuchsia MacAree got in touch with me to say that she had made a print with the Irish Architecture Foundation which will be given to their members. The theme for this year’s Open House Dublin is “The Presence of the Past” and focuses on time, commemoration and celebration. When designing the print, Fuchsia thought using Dublin Ghost Signs would be a great way show this visually through some of the layers of history in the city.
This is what Fuchsia had to say about the print (from the IAF website):
The streets of Dublin show traces of our recent history in the signage left behind. If we look above eye level on any city centre street, fragments remain of the businesses that used to be there. Once you start noticing them it’s hard to stop – a clock on Wexford St declares it’s carpet time, while the word ‘rock’ is spelled out on sheet music above Abbey St. Inspired by the great work of the Dublin Ghost Signs project.
For links to all the photos featured on the print, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Open House Dublin 2016
This weekend is the 11th Open House Dublin architecture festival which is organised annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), and if you are in Dublin, you should start making a plan to check out some of the 90 or so buildings which are being showcased around the city.
Some of the highlights that I can vouch for from previous years are Busáras, Casino at Marino, 9/9A Aungier Street and Smithfield Market. And I really wish I was around on Saturday to visit the Green Street Courthouse. I’d also like to give a shout out to my friends from Reusing Dublin who will be doing guided walking tours of underused spaces in the north inner city will bring to light the many vacant spaces in our city.
This year, I’ll be volunteering in the Grand Canal Dock area – at The Marker Hotel, AirBnB headquarters and Cratlach. I’ll be wearing an Open House Dublin / IAF jacket and if I’m not at one of those buildings, I’ll be travelling between them! If you spot me, say hello!
Curragh Carpet Time