Outdoor Art Space Planned for Smithfield
A new outdoor art space proposed for the Smithfield area of Dublin is set to brighten up a small piece of the city that has fallen to disuse and disrepair.
The Art Tunnel would stand alongside the Luas tracks in Smithfield, brightening up the morning commute for those taking transportation as well as those on foot.
An artistic interpretation of what the finished space might look like can be seen above.
The creation of the space will be collaborative, with members of the community, students, and local artists helping to define its place in the community.
Artist and landscape architect Sophie von Maltzan will work as curator with young artists, local schools, youth groups and residents to encourage spatial re- appropriation amongst the local community. Locals will be encouraged to express their relationship with Smithfield and produce and exhibit their own artwork. The produced Art will expose sociological movements and local desires.
The entire space is envisioned to look like this from the front, which will face out onto the Luas line:
The group behind the project has been busy clearing out the plot, which will be used for the Art Tunnel:
According to the creators, the project will provide a space for publicly showcasing art as well as become a “micro-neighbourhood park”:
The project is twofold, involving the realisation of an outdoor gallery for the Smithfield area, and the construction of a local community garden. Firstly as a space to show site specific installations by emerging artists and local community groups, secondly as a micro- neighbourhood park also providing for a biodiverse wildlife habitat. It will be accessible as a community garden to local key holders- who will also assist in maintaining the garden.