Artists Michelle Browne and Geraldine O’Reilly, public interventions, Clarendon St and Fade St, Dublin

As part of Dublin City Council’s ‘Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Project’, artists Michelle Browne and Geraldine O’Reilly have made new work to improve the pedestrian experience on Clarendon St and Fade St.  
Michelle Browne has painted the new tree and shrub planters which line the edge of what had been parking spaces, and she has painted the tarmac ‘black-top’ street surface with graphic and colourful patterns and text.  Go have a walk down Clarendon Street and share your photos and comments about the project on the Dublin City Council Arts Office facebook page. Geraldine O’Reilly has recently completed artwork on two utility boxes on Fade St, painting delicate images of plants on the utilitarian structures. The work is a reflection on O’Reilly’s interest in the the way ‘weeds’ pop up in the most unlikely places and that while often considered a nuisance they often enrich their environment.  In this case the artist chose to draw plants with medicinal properties, mint and rue which often appear in folklore.  The  drawings are accompanied by short texts relating to their properties. 

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