Artist Name(s) Caroline McCarthy
Artwork title Windowall

Windowall is a temporary public art project by artist Caroline McCarthy, commissioned for Letterkenny by Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council, and funded through the Department of Environment's Per Cent for Art Scheme. In this case the capital project was the Letterkenny Water Treatment Scheme.

The artist's idea is to activate our imagination of space and place beyond the limitations of bricks and mortar and to promote the ideas of depth and layers of existence. The artist has installed a series of 12 x 8ft photographs located at six sites in Letterkenny, which will remain for a period of six months.

The photographs are mounted onto specially installed billboards on the gable end of various buildings, each photograph being a life-size representation of what lies immediately within. The walls in effect are turned inside out, exchanging outside walls for inside walls, public for private. The photographs are intended to be historical monuments, a tribute to real lives and everyday living, using a scale that is normally reserved for bombarding us with advertising. 


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Born in Dublin in 1971, Caroline McCarthy grew up in Dundalk. She completed a BA in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in 1994, before receiving a postgraduate Scholarship from The Arts Council of Ireland to complete a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Goldsmith College, London in 1998. Recipient of the first AIB Young Artist Award in 2001, she completed a solo exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery in May 2002 which is accompanied by a catalogue of the artist's work to date. Following that Caroline has had solo exhibitions in New York and London and her work is included in a number of prestigious collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland and AIB.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Donegal County Council
Commissioning process Limited Competition
Project commission dates November 1, 2001 - September 30, 2004
Public Presentation dates October 1, 2004 - October 29, 2005
Partners Donegal Co Co, Arts Office, Traolach O Fioannan Artworking, Aisling Prior and Jenny Haughton Property owners and dwellers
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Donegal County Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 01/11/2001
Project commission end date 30/09/2004
Location Six gable end walls in Letterkenny
County Donegal
Town Letterkenny
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