Kevin Bohan and Iljin
Responding to the poem Dublin by Louis MacNiece, this commission will see two live murals completed in Bedford Lane, Temple Bar from 4pm-7:30pm by Kevin Bohan and IIjin.
Over the past 10 years, Kevin Bohan, a born and bred Dubliner, has painted murals across the city, including the lanes of Temple Bar, most notably as part of The Icon Walk Project. It is here, in Temple Bar, where Bohan believes the duality of the city described by MacNiece in 1939 is most evident today. It can be said that there is a certain “seedy elegance” to the most popular tourist spot in any city, as it is most often an area where the cultural and the commercial worlds collide. As a bustling hub of domestic and international visitors, Temple Bar’s charming lanes are a whirlwind of energy and colour throughout the year. However, as addiction and homelessness levels continue to rise across the city, it is in these same cobbled lanes that Bohan has seen first-hand the ghosts, squalor and the pain of those affected by these increasingly prevalent issues.
Originally from Krakow, Poland, IIjin has lived in Dublin for the past 13 years. The lines, “This was never my town, I was not born or bred… But yet she holds my mind”, rang particularly true for Iljin and directly inspired his mural design. Although he was not born here, Iljin certainly considers Dublin to be his home, and brings a different perspective to this artistic response to the city. Since moving to Dublin, the city’s pigeons have also held a special place in Iljin’s mind, as they serve as a comforting reminder of Krakow and a connecting thread between his two hometowns.
There will also be two street art tours supported by Culture Night Dublin that will stop at the live mural as it is being completed. More details about these tours can be found in our programme. Image: Bob Dixon Photography
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