Activating Temple Bar’s lanes for people to use and enjoy #LoveDubLanes
Love the Lanes is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company to pilot solutions and interventions to address issues in the laneways of Temple Bar. Over the years these lanes have fallen into disuse and have become magnets for anti-social behaviour. Our goal is to reactivate these lanes for people to use and enjoy through creative intervention.
The project was launched on 21st March 2014 with an open call for new ideas. The response from the public was remarkable and shows that there is a real desire by the public to bring life back into the laneways in this historic part of the city. The main focus for the project was Adair and Bedford Lanes, Copper Alley and Crampton Court. 10 proposals have been shortlisted and are being developed for implementation on the Laneways of Temple Bar with the support of residents and businesses. A number of ideas will be trialled this summer while others require financial investment and a longer timeline.
Four proposals are now active and three of these projects will be launched on Crampton Court (beside the Olympia) on Thursday July 24th at 11 a.m:
“Bloom Fringe Legacy” greenwall installations by Esther Gerard, Eoghan O’Riordan and Edward Coveney in Crampton Court
“Love Lane” tiled wall installation by Anna Doran in Crampton Court
“White Lady Spray Fest” by Alexa MacDermot & Minaw Collective. Female Street Artists Ireland in Crampton Court
“Screen and Scene” Pop Up Cinema by Tara McGuinness & Brigit McCone of Synapsis Production in Copper Alley during June and July at the Temple Bar Night Markets.
We are very excited about OUTVASION – Open Air Gallery which will be prototyped in Crampton Court this August as part of the Temple Bar Summer Festival. Curated by KEMP a stencil artist the idea behind the exhibition is to give the public much greater access to the work of street artists and the processes and techniques involved. The Artists will paint live and the public will be able to witness how the work comes together and will have the opportunity to engage with the artists.
Music is a great way to engage and encourage civic participation. “Making Spaces/ Sound” by Orlaith Ross will take place this summer and will provide access to a decorated piano and will give musicians or would-be musicians the opportunity to share their creativity. There will also be an Audiovisual Show by Synapsis Production in Crampton Court in August.
Future projects planned.....
Eoghan O’Riordan’s “Sail installations - Activating Views” will see the installation of bright coloured canopies over Adair and Bedford Lanes. The painting of metal security gates into ‘Colourful Pencils’ by Icon Walk artists will also introduce colour into Bedford Lane.
By working together with neighbouring businesses, local communities and artists we hope to create more vibrant and safe laneways for everyone.
Current initiatives underway...
A new “urban rug” as proposed by Urban Agency’s Sabine Dargent and Maxime Laroussi is now being applied to the surface in Crampton Court, beside the Olympia Theatre, off Dame Street. This, along with new feature lighting in this area, will make this a unique spot to visit when in Dublin. Watch this space for images when complete!
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For more information Contact:
#lovedublanes or twitter.com/DubCityCouncil