Just behind Rick’s Burgers and in front of the ‘Why Go Bald?’ sign, there is a small space of land that nobody seems entirely sure what to do with.
In recent months, a brilliant addition was made by the Mercantile bar and venue who erected vivid images of the 1916 leaders alongside the Proclamation in a wide variety of languages spoken in the city today. I’ve often passed by and spotted people reading the document in different languages to the one it was written in. Thankfully, it has survived past the centenary celebrations, though no doubt it is temporary.
Now, another addition to the area has also caught the imagination of people. Colourful seating and bicycles spaces have made this a space where people stop and sit. It’s not unlike some of the clever interventions by Dublin City Council’s Beta Project in recent times, nor is it the first time something good has been done in this space, reminding us of the temporary garden placed in the same location during Bloom last year.
All in all, these things have come together nicely we think. It shows what can be done relatively easily in the city centre, transforming grey spaces into something different entirely. More of it!