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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C
Dublin Canvas/Niall Maher
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14 of the most eye-catching painted electrical boxes around Dublin

Including Bowie, Luke Kelly and a very Irish insult…

SINCE SUMMER 2015, Dublin’s traffic light control boxes have undergone a bright and colourful transformation.

What were once grey rectangles that blended into the city’s background have been turned into works of art that brighten Dublin’s streets one stroke of colour at a time.

Behind the work is Dublin Canvas, a community art project “intended to bring flashes of colour and creativity to everyday object in the greater County Dublin area.”

The Dublin Canvas website describes the initiative aptly: “Less grey, more play”, with each transformed box “making Dublin a more beautiful place to live, work and visit.” 

Last January, we shared a selection of the boxes from around the capital. Twelve months on, the project has continued to grow, with some 350 boxes dotted around Dublin’s four main councils.

Project Coordinator at Dublin Canvas David Murtagh told that there will be a new callout made in the coming months for the summer ’19 boxes, with the hopes of an additional 75 boxes being created and 25 boxes from 2015 being repainted.  

Here are 14 of the most eye-catching recent additions to the initiative:

1. ‘Philo’: One of Ireland’s greatest lives on in this striking tribute

1 Dublin Canvas / jayfik Dublin Canvas / jayfik / jayfik

2. ‘Mi Friducha’: Frida Kahlo comes to Dublin in the form of this painting

2 Dublin Canvas / Raul Nuno Dublin Canvas / Raul Nuno / Raul Nuno

3. ‘Dubliners’: A minimalist take on one of James Joyce’s classics

3 Dublin Canvas / Niall Laverty Dublin Canvas / Niall Laverty / Niall Laverty

4. ‘Community Spirit’: Anyone fancy throwing a ball around? 

4 Dublin Canvas / Maria Boyle Dublin Canvas / Maria Boyle / Maria Boyle

5. ‘Howya Horse’: You can’t help but smile when you look at this

5 Dublin Canvas / Geoff Tracey Dublin Canvas / Geoff Tracey / Geoff Tracey

6. ‘Dublin Buzz’: The latest route from Dublin Bus

6 Dublin Canvas / Anna Entrambasaguas Dublin Canvas / Anna Entrambasaguas / Anna Entrambasaguas

7.  ‘Grá don Teanga’: Iontach

7 Dublin Canvas / Jody Garry Dublin Canvas / Jody Garry / Jody Garry

8.  ‘Bowie’: An icon and a subtle reminder

8 Dublin Canvas / Cathal Craughwell Dublin Canvas / Cathal Craughwell / Cathal Craughwell

9. ‘The Birds’: A stunning archway you’d wish to step inside

9 Dublin Canvas / Juliette O'Brien Dublin Canvas / Juliette O'Brien / Juliette O'Brien

10.  ‘Luke Kelly’: A reminder of The Rare Oul Times

10 Dublin Canvas / John Fitzsimons Dublin Canvas / John Fitzsimons / John Fitzsimons

11.  ‘Greetings from Dublin’: The Poolbeg chimneys get a makeover

11 Dublin Canvas / Niall Maher Dublin Canvas / Niall Maher / Niall Maher

12. ‘Crazy World’: Try to read this without singing in your head

12 Dublin Canvas / Emma Blake Dublin Canvas / Emma Blake / Emma Blake

13. ‘Scarlet for your Ma’: The most hurtful insult of all

13 Dublin Canvas / Holly Pereira Dublin Canvas / Holly Pereira / Holly Pereira

14. ‘Griffith Avenue by Grace Parks’: A book we’d definitely read

14 Dublin Canvas / Sorcha Maguire Dublin Canvas / Sorcha Maguire / Sorcha Maguire

More: 11 colourful illustration by Irish artist Sarah Cunningham to brighten you day>

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