Poppy Corner and its Creation

Dublin Canvas was set up earlier this year with a project idea to help brighten up the city of Dublin.  An idea intended to bring flashes of colour and creativity to everyday objects in the City.

“Less grey, more play”

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 Poppy Corner

Poppy Corner 1

Poppy Corner 1

According to Dave Murtagh, Project Co-Ordinator of Dublin Canvas, the project takes previously unused public space and transforms it into canvases to help brighten up the City. Making Dublin a more beautiful place to live, work and visit. The project began as a pilot Beta Project commissioned by  Dublin City Council in 2013.

I was allocated a box which was located on the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and Merrion Square South, Dublin.

Poppy Corner 2

Poppy Corner 2

And so, having agreed a broad outline of my inspiration and aspirations with Dublin Canvas,  I set to work …..

The process of putting gloss paint on metal was “challenging” but perseverance won out and I eventually settled for a satisfying base layer.

Poppy Corner 3

Poppy Corner 3 Laying on the base coat

Then, I moved on to painting poppies.  I hadn’t any strict plan in place because I wanted to let them grow around the box freely, if you get where I’m coming from!

Poppy Corner 4 - Coming along nicely!

Poppy Corner 4 – Coming along nicely!

I painted away and people stopped for a chat and it was all very pleasant. Even the weather was quite agreeable today for a change!

Poppy Corner 5 - Deep Concentration required

Poppy Corner 5 – Deep Concentration required

Well, those poppies took on a life of their own.  Much as I tried to curtail them, they just kept on growing! They became sticky and tacky, I became tired and weary  …. time was now needed  to allow the sticky, tacky paint to dry.  Enough!

Poppy Corner 6 - Always time for a smile !

Poppy Corner 6 – Always time for a smile !

Poppy Corner 7 - Wet Paint - Mind your Clothes
Poppy Corner 7 – Wet Paint – Mind your Clothes

Time for a break!

Poppy Corner 8 - The Poppies are growing nicely

Poppy Corner 8 – The Poppies are growing nicely

I tipped away, adding final touches with oil paint. Passers-by were so very generous with their comments, which inspired me to apply just a few more strokes here and there.

Poppy Corner 9 - Yes, lookin' good!

Poppy Corner 9 – Yes, lookin’ good!

Dublin Canvas intends to roll this out to 80 boxes in total (almost 20 completed to date)  which hopefully will be completed by November and before the bitter winter takes its toll.

Poppy Corner 10 - Et Voila, the finished piece de resistance!

Poppy Corner 10 – Et Voila, the finished piece de resistance!

Hopefully, #PoppyCorner fulfills its mission by bringing colour, creativity and some lightness and cheer to our city!