Parking Indicators

Artist Name(s) Katharine Lamb and Sean Hillen
Artwork title Parking Indicators
Context/Background In 2004, Lamb was invited by Dublin City Council as recommended by the Architects Elliot Maguire Landers, to carry out a public art commission at the car park of Boyne St. apartment complex. She in turn invited artist Sean Hillen to work on the project with her. After consultation with the residents it was decided to do a project in relation with parking and situated on the viaduct wall.

The work consists of twenty-eight custom built outdoor wall lights, one per parking bay. The lights make a slow continuous ripple change of colour, these are randomly selected by built in microcontroller. Internally the lights are installed with red, green and blue leds, making hundreds of potential colours through optical mixing. The result is an ever-changing pattern of coloured lights.


Katharine Lamb was born and lives in Dublin. She graduated in 1990 from NCAD, from the Faculty of Glass Design. Following this, over a period of fifteen years, she carried out many public and private stained glass commissions, most notably Grogans Portraits, Grogans Public House, Sth. William St, Dublin 2 (1993 & ’95), Lucan Portrait, Lucan Library, Co. Dublin (2001), Synchronised Parking Indicators, Boyne St, Dublin 2 (2004), a collaborative light sculpture.

Lamb returned to college and graduated in 2007 MA Fine Art, NCAD. Although she since works in the medium of drawing and video, Lamb continues to explore the subject of portraiture. She is particularly interested in the complexity of relationships and personality and the idiosyncrasies of thought and behaviour. Using actors, Lamb constructs narratives and sequences, which are ‘filmic’ reconstructions of fragments of specific encounters. She has exhibited in Projector, Gallery Four, Dublin (2009), Play, Draíocht, Dublin (2008), Tulca, Galway (2007), Group show, Galleri Barbara, Norway (2007), and The Square Root of Drawing, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2006).

Sean Hillen was born in 1961 in Newry, Co. Down. He lives and works in Dublin, studied at Belfast College of Art, LCP and the Slade School. He first became known for photomontage works based on his own documentary photos from the Northern 'troubles'. In the 1990s he moved back to Dublin from London and began a new series of collages titled Irelantis. He has also executed commissions and collaborations including video for Super Furry Animals; stage design, advertisements, title graphics and permanent sculptures for Citigroup and the Omagh Bomb Memorial, with architect Desmond Fitzgerald, which was unveiled in August 2008. His work is in many private and public collections. 

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Dublin City Council
Commissioning process Direct invitation
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Dublin City Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Location Boyne Street Apartments
County Dublin
Street Address Boyne St, Dublin 2
Content contributor(s) Katharine Lamb
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Nazareth Housing Association provides independent living houses for individuals and couples who are 65 and over and on the Sligo County Council housing list.  Nazareth Village is comprised of 48 houses in a garden setting.  The Village was financed as a public-private partnership between Nazareth Housing Association and Sligo County Council with funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.  

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