IPUT Real Estate, Ireland’s leading property company and visionary supporter of the arts, today announced the launch of Living Canvas, a spectacular presentation of public art using giant outdoor screens at two of its sites in Dublin’s city centre: Wilton Park off Baggot Street, and at the Tropical Fruit Warehouse on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.
The custom designed screens will debut the works of leading Irish and international artists, following two years of collaborating with Irish creative production studio, Algorithm, and in partnership with leading cultural institutions the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI).
Living Canvas at Wilton Park is one of the world’s first outdoor digital screens exclusively for artistic and cultural content, giving Dublin a new open-air gallery; a curved LED screen measuring 21 metres wide and 4 metres high, it is the largest ever outdoor screen in Europe dedicated solely to cultural use.
Living Canvas at Tropical Fruit Warehouse will feature large scale projection mapping using the building’s giant glass box to create a striking screen which overlooks the River Liffey and Samuel Beckett Bridge. Programming for each site running for 12 months.
According to Niall Gaffney, CEO, IPUT Real Estate:
Living Canvas is our contribution to the revival of the city as we emerge from the pandemic. With strong support from the City Arts Office and the Planning Department of Dublin City Council, our screens will provide a prominent platform for artists to display their work and engage with wider audiences. As a long-term investor in real estate and in Dublin city, we passionately believe we can harness buildings and spaces as a canvas for art, design, and creativity. IPUT is committed to building inspiring places to work in neighbourhoods such as Wilton Park and Dublin’s docklands.
Dublin is defined by the Liffey and the canals, and the first exhibition at Wilton Park, entitled ‘Something in the Water,’ is a tribute to the Grand Canal, its unique culture and the writers it inspired including Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland, Mary Lavin and Flann O’Brien. Featured artists include Anna Lawlor, Cian McKenna, Cormac Murray, Kev Freeney, Paper Panther, Roman Hill, Ross Ryder and Sergey Maslov.
Tropical Fruit Warehouse premiers with ‘Where Glass Meets Water’, an artwork created by Algorithm that explores the story of Dublin, a city shaped by the majestic River Liffey. The artwork is made up of four distinct sections, each one exploring a different strand of the Tropical Fruit Warehouse’s story and set to the enduring rhythm of the city, rising and falling with the tides.
New and specially commissioned art works will follow in 2022.