Dublin Canvas Boxes


The Dublin Canvas project is a project funding by Dublin City Council and works with artists to paint traffic boxes throughout the city. The DCC local area office also get artists to paint boxes throughout the area. The boxes below are some examples of boxes in the area.

Artwork title: ‘Phone box’
Artist: Lily & Ronan Coyle
Location: Crumlin Village, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Year: 2016
Artwork description: A connection to a common sight in rural Ireland

Artwork title: ‘Bee life!’
Artist: Mairead Doyle
Location: Crumlin Road/Parnell Road, Dublin 12
Year: 2017
Artwork description: This is intended as a fun piece but based on bee facts! My favorite bee fact is the dance moves they use to communicate the location of flowers to each other! Sometimes the facts in nature are surprisingly magical. I hope this artwork will appeal to children especially, that they will be able to tell the story of the life of bees in the hive from it. I have incorporated the waggle dance, the preparation of the honey, the baby bees and of course the queen!

Artwork title: ‘Peace & Love’
Artist:
John Hoban
Location: Sundrive Road, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12
Year: 2017

Artwork title: ‘Singing in the Rain’
Artist: Mairead Doyle
Year: 2018
Location: Sundrive Road, Clogher Road, Dublin 12
Artwork description: I like to see the magic in ordinary things, plus lately, we have had a lot of rain! I decided to combine the two and my design is singing in the rain- inspired a little by the old movie but definitely not adhering to the story! In my picture, the rain has created a wonderland where even the raindrops sing and dance, and umbrellas could just fly a person away. I hope it brightens up a rainy day for someone passing by even occasionally!

Artwork title: ‘Monicreques’
Artist: Javier Pazos
Year: 2018
Location: Outside Scoil Eanna, Crumlin Road.
Artwork description: As the boxes are meant to control the traffics lights, the puppets represent people waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. People with different personalities, moods and colours living together in a big city, like Dublin. I would like to paint this box in an area where children pass by, like near a school or a park, because they like colourful characters. Although not fully completed, the artwork attached illustrates my intention. If I end being selected I would probably adjust the artwork by changing some characters in order to express more happiness.

Artwork title: ‘Gnomes and Wheelies’
Artist: Aoife Cusack
Location: Kildare Road, Bangor Road, Dublin 12
Year  2018
Artwork description: I love all the flamboyant garden gnomes, gargoyles and ceramic birds. When I first moved Dublin I was constantly getting lost. Then I began to notice the quirks in houses and gardens. I would use these as markers to find my way home through the estates to and from the shops. For my city canvas piece I want to revisit and add to the vibrance that can help people get through the maze of pebbledash houses.I’m really inspired by the work of grayson perry, I want to channel his colourful quirky work in this piece

Artwork title: ‘Brighede & The Caileach’.
Artist: Rebecca Deegan
Location: St Agnes Church, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Year: 2019
Artwork description: This piece depicts the partnership between two seasonal deities in Celtic mythology – Brighde, who rules the summer months between Bealtaine & Samhain, and the Cailleach, who rules the winter months. St Brigid’s Day is the day the Cailleach gathers her firewood for the rest of winter, and in some legends she can be seen on Brigid’s Day in the form of a gigantic bird, carrying sticks in her beak.

Artwork title: ‘Squirrel in a top hat’
Artist:
Bob Gray
Location: Kimmage Road West – Terenure Road West, Dublin 6
Year: 2019
Artwork description: On the corner of the KCR, an electric box sits hidden under the trees and adjacent to the Poddle river. If you look hard enough you will see many a creature lurking between the bushes and the trees.

Artwork title: ‘One of our own’
Artist: Aine Macken
Location: Sundrive Road, Stannaway, Crumlin, Dublin 12
Year: 2020
Artwork description: Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, lived on Leighlin Road and Rutland Avenue in Crumlin. Proud to walk the same streets as he did