Turning the city green!
The term 'greening the city' holds a strong resonance for many who live and work in Dublin. However the phrase took on quite a different meaning over the past week as many of Dublin’s architectural landmarks and historic buildings were illuminated in green for the first time as part of St. Patrick’s Festival 2011. Hundreds of sheets of green gels were used to create a festive atmosphere across the city, as familiar sights transformed themselves after dark into eye-catching themed icons.
Organised by St. Patrick’s Festival, a host of traders, businesses, cultural and religious institutions got in on the act, including Clerys, Penneys, Guinness Storehouse, National Museum of Ireland, City Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
In some cases, the exercise also afforded the opportunity to repair existing floodlighting installations which had been neglected for some time. Generally floodlighting of buildings, including the architectural icons of the city, is not of a particularly good standard in Dublin, and if this project highlighted anything it is the impact that quality floodlighting, as well as a more coordinated approach to architectural illumination, can have in the city.
Well done to all involved!
Penneys, Mary Street
Clerys Department Store, O'Connell Street
Guinness, St. James's Gate, James's Street
City Hall, Cork Hill
City Hall side elevation, Cork Hill