You may have seen some tweets or posts about the new artwork being put up this weekend in Dublin’s Trinity College Front Square.
It’s by artist Joe Caslin and when finished – which should be shortly, it will look like this…
The installation, called The Volunteers, is backed by Senator Lynn Ruane and Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin to coincide with their Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill 2017 currently being debated in the Seanad.
Exterior and bedroom of the castle near Craughwell, Co Galway
Sure you’ve seen this story – Joe Caslin installs second mural on the side of a castle – been everywhere for the past couple of days.The castle’s owned by a Galway stonemason and genuinely interesting fellow called Pete Hayes.
What nobody knows is that he rents the castle out on Airbnb. €130 a night to stay in a big gay castle…
So for one of our main projects this year at film school we had to make a film with no storyline inspired by an artist who we like. I picked Joe Caslin with his “Our Nations Sons” project. Also stars The Cannonball kid* with music from Jape. Would love to know what you think of it!
The mural at Dame Street and South Great George’s Street, Dublin (above) and A2 prints of ‘The Claddagh Embrace’ (top)
Joe Caslin’s controversial mural of two men on the corner of Dame Street and South Great George’s Street in Dublin.
Now available in a limited number of A2 prints (presumably signed by Joe) for €20 here.
Dublin City Council has sent a letter of warning to Mr Caslin over the mural because of planning breaches, while Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn has told the Irish Times it may take three months for anything to happen to the mural because of due process.
Further to this, a petition has been set up to keep the mural.
“Artist Joe Caslin perches on a window ledge at the Spanish Arch in Galway, after completing the installation of one of his Our Nation’s Sons images, for the launch of the 26th Galway Film Fleadh. The Film Fleadh opens tomorrow.Joe’s project, which involves displaying large scale drawings of young men on public structures, draws attention to the large number of Irish young men who are pushed the the very edges of society, creating within them feeling of neglect and apathy.”
Joe Caslin and friends installing the first part of his Our Nation’s Sons series – large-scale portrait drawings of young men at specific locations throughout Ireland – to be completed in the coming year.