Artist Name(s) Theresa Nanigian
Artwork title Travelogue

Travelogue was a multi-dimensional temporary public artwork which celebrated the human drama which is played out on the public transport system in Dublin every day. It also honoured the behind-the-scenes complexity and commitment required to keep people moving across the city. 

To explore the small, undocumented tales of the daily commute, artist Theresa Nanigian embarked on a series of “residencies” across all service providers – Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, taxis and Dublin Bikes – collecting travel stories and gathering data. The stories that emerged from this nine-month investigation were heartwarming, poignant and often hilarious; the quiet confessions told to taxi drivers from the back seat of the cab, stories of lost luggage and lost souls, small acts of charity and heroic gestures of empathy. Travelogue was a demonstration of the wit and humanity of the people of Dublin as they travel around the capital city. 

Participants' texts were installed as large posters and posted across all forms of public transport in Dublin during the first two weeks of May 2012 - on trains, trams and buses and at waiting points. 

The artwork also comprised a highly dynamic website;


Travelogue was made in collaboration with many passengers and public transport staff who generously shared their stories and time. Many others also contributed their expertise and resources to the initiative. Special thanks go to the following people, as well as, many others whose contributions remain anonymous: Vanessa Alvarez, Dawn Bailey, Rosemary Barton, Eugene Bent, Paul Bonner, Natalie Borey, Brian Brennan, Dervla Brophy, Dave Burleigh, Trevor Butler, Rita Butterly, Eddie Byrne, John Byrne, Joe Carrick, Derval Concannon, Joe Connor, David Costello, Timmy Daisi, Paul Deere, Paddy Devereux, David Doherty, Paddy Doherty, Jim Dolan, John Duddy, Paul Duffy, Tony Duncan, Nikki Farrell, Mic Fitzgerald,  Yvonne Fitzgerald, Eugene Forde, Kieran Forde, Joe Gallagher, Paul Gildea, Regina Greham, Eddie Halpin, Michael Harte, Paul Hayes, Seán Hyland, Mark Kelly, Peter Kennedy, Barry Kenny, Liam Kenny, Eilis Lavelle, John Lynch, Michael Mahood, Michael McCabe, Severine McCarthy, Dominic McDonagh, Caroline McIntyre, Liam Mitchell, Brendan Monahan, Fergus Murray, Cecily Napier, Claire Nidecker, Joe Nix, Leaticia Njirima, Garreth Nolan, Marc Nolan, John O’Connor, Mic O’Grady, Tony O’Hanlon, Derry O’Leary, Orla O’Neill, Dairne O’Sullivan, Eliane Pearce, Vinnie Queenan, Aiden Rath, Jacqui Rogers, Dave Rooney, Philip Ryan, Darren Salmon, Michael Sands, Michael Sheedy, John Sheridan, Janos Szaraz, Sean Taylor, Danny Vaughan, Jim Walsh,  Jaffray Wang, Wayne Wilders.


Theresa Nanigian is an American artist who has lived in Ireland for the last 13 years. After completing an MBA at Columbia University, Nanigian worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, and later as an executive for SmithKline Beecham and American Express where she was a Senior Vice President. A desire to develop her interest in the visual arts led to her leaving that career and starting a degree in Fine Art in New York. She completed this at the Dublin Institute of Technology and, in 2004 received a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art.


Commission Type Local Authority,Government Department,Other state agency
Commissioner Name Marian Wilson, Ruairí Ó Cuív, Orla Scannell, Ciara King and Caroline Cowley
Commissioning process Two stage competition
Public Presentation dates April 30, 2012 - May 17, 2012
Partners The National Transport Authority in conjunction with Dublin City Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Councils. Media Partner; Metro Herald
Artform Visual Arts,Other
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By Dublin City Council,Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council,Fingal County Council,South Dublin County Council,Other
Percent for art Yes
Project commission end date 17/05/2012
Location Throughout Dublin's public transport routes and systems
County Dublin
Town Dublin
Content contributor(s) Web editor
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Outdoor poster design by Propeller Design Consultants.  Website design by Claire Nidecker.  In-situ photography by Ros Kavanagh. 



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