Public art directory

This directory is an archive of selected public art projects which have been commissioned throughout Ireland, predominantly since the late 1990s, with the inclusion of some notable more historic 20th century works and of works made by Irish artists abroad. The directory currently contains over 250 public art projects, many of which are funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. Featured projects aim to highlight the interrelationship between the artist and the artwork, the context and the public, through the presentation of diverse commissioning practices.

The Balloon Tree

The Balloon Tree - Image
Róisín de Buitléar

The Balloon Tree artworks playfully welcome children, young people and families to two facilities located at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital. The signature artworks, by artist Róisín de Buitléar, were commissioned for integration into the main entrance spaces i...

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What Does He Need?

What Does He Need? - Image
Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers

What Does He Need? is a long-term collaborative project exploring how men and boys are shaped by and influence the world they live in.

To date, the What Does He Need? project has grown through partnerships with: The Children and Youth Action Group of the North West Inner City Network; Philo...

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Waterford Residential Care Centre

Waterford Residential Care Centre - Image
Conall Cary & Peter McMorris

Conall Cary and Peter McMorris created six laser-cut and etched brass artworks inspired by the local landscape and contributions from service users and staff of a residential care centre in Waterford.

The Rose Window artwork was created in response to the protected and unique space in ...

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Word-Tree and Our Place

Word-Tree and Our Place - Image
Cathal McCarthy

Word-Tree and Our Place is a sculpture and LED photographic installation commissioned by Sancta Maria Secondary School in Louisburgh, County Mayo. The artwork explores ideas about community, place, being and the natural world via poetry, drone photography and sculpture.

The project consists of t...

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Public Feeling

Public Feeling - Image
Sarah Browne

Public feeling is an artwork about health and austerity shaped by fitness choreography. It explores the health impacts of austerity on the individual and social body, the politics of resilience, and considers the gym or leisure centre as a space where these bodies are trained, transformed and car...

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The Central Field

The Central Field - Image
Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness

The Central Field was a temporary live land artwork. This site-specific project took place in Adamstown, a suburban new town in South Dublin County which has been in development since 2005. The artists identified this greenfield site which was due to become the 'commercial or district town centre...

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An Meitheal Mór - Global Citizens Together

An Meitheal Mór - Global Citizens Together
Sarah Murphy & Feargus Murphy & Cheylene Murphy & Seamus Devenny

An Meitheal Mór - Global Citizens Together is a collection of five new pieces of music created by the students of Scoil San Phroinsias NS with Wall2Wall Music, presented in five music videos. Each piece explores global citizenship from the perspective of the school community.

The Board of Manag...

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Core Principles 1–4

Core Principles 1–4 - Image
Mark Ryan and Maree Hensey

Core Principles 1-4 is a large-scale external permanent drawing in metal, located in Midleton Educate Together National School in Cork. [Specification and materials: Painted steel. Cast Bronze. Dimension: 3m x 5m x 6m]

The sculptures promote active participation while creating wonder and stimul...

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Reflectors - Image
David Beattie

Reflectors is a series of four individually engineered and cast terrazzo sculptures situated on a newly completed walkway adjacent to the River Dargle in Bray, County Wicklow. The sculptures or reflectors are sonic works that focus on the amplification of the existing ambient soundscapes of the r...

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One Hour Archive

One Hour Archive - Image
Louis Haugh

One Hour Archive (OHA) is a public art work by Louis Haugh in collaboration with Alice Fitzharris and The Tuesday Club. OHA asked the senior residents of Stonebatter to creatively engage in conversation about the lives they have lived throughout Stoneybatter’s rich social and economic histories...

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