Dublin is a city for wandering and wondering.
This year, we could only wander as far as 2km or 5km for a while, and as for wondering - it turns out our thoughts often went in the direction of worry when we’re faced with a global pandemic.
Amidst the threat of illness and the isolation that Covid-19 brought with it, there were also other things that came to the fore - like community and togetherness. In the grand Irish way of things, we minded each other.
Like everyone else, we at Dublin City Council Culture Company had to adapt this year and we were glad we could still make many projects a reality by bringing them online. One such project we helped make happen was creating some new artworks for Winter Lights.
Now in its third year, Winter Lights is a Dublin City Council initiative that sees 17 locations across the city transformed into colourful projections and light displays. This year, Dublin City Council Culture Company paired community groups and artists across Dublin to create four brand new artworks for Winter Lights. (One location from last year is also back, so that makes for five incredible light displays made by city residents.)
These five locations make for a lovely 5km, one-hour walk in the city centre.
See the Winter Lights
Each of these locations showcase the talent, creativity, and imagination of Dublin residents and each has a unique story to tell - about the creators and the city we all call home.
These artworks, along with the participants, the artists, the facilitators, and all the people who made them happen - remind us how vibrant this city is. They remind us that even in such a strange year as this, Dublin is a place where connections, community, and creativity always emerge, writ large across the city.
So, why not brighten up your evening stroll with some artworks made by the people of Dublin, for the people of Dublin - that's you!
Winter Lights is a Dublin City Council initiative and ends on 1st January 2021.
Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Made as part of Winter Lights 2019, this encore artwork was made by transition year students in Synge Street CBS with artist Steve MacDevitt. Inspired by the students' visits to the Hugh Lane Gallery and some of the artists they encountered there, like Harry Clark and Séan Scully, their stunning artwork is lighting up the gallery once again this year.
Civic Offices at Wood Quay
Artist Helen Barry collaborated with members of the Henrietta Adult & Community Education Service (HACE) to create their artwork called Together. Members of the group took photos and shared ideas about themes of Dublin and Christmas which Helen then transformed into a three-minute shadow puppetry animation.
Artist Alan Dunne worked with residents of The Croft Nursing Home and Hollybrook Lodge Care Centre to gather their stories and hear some of their thoughts on living through Covid-19. He transformed them into a graphic short story named Home Truths - a four-minute animation that shares their reminiscences and messages of hope.