16 January 2021

‘A Bird in the Hand’: new street art
by Juliette O’Brien in Dún Laoghaire

‘A Bird in the Hand’ … street art by Juliette O’Brien on Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Street art is always engaging, and is often surprising, popping up in unexpected places in urban settings and challenging us with images and to explore ideas that sometimes are far from the priorities of the moment.

During my recent visit to Dún Laoghaire, I was surprised by ‘A Bird in the Hand,’ an outstanding new artwork by Juliette O’Brien, a talented student at IADT, the Institute of Art, Design and Technology on Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire.

This piece by Juliette O’Brien is located on a box at Saint Michael’s Church on Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, and she completed the work last August. It is sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Juliette O’Brien is a young student from Dublin in her early 20s. She is studying model-making in IADT, and says, ‘I am also developing my skills in painting, illustration and graphic design.’

She has worked on multiple projects for Dublin Canvas, including ‘Journey’ on the corner of Dolphin Road and Herberton Road, ‘Birds of a Feather’ on Davitt Road Terrace, Drimnagh, and another box on Adelaide Road. She has also worked on ‘The Birds’ with Juliette Viodé in the playground at Lower Gardiner Street flats, as well as ‘Tribal Quest,’ the mural in Avondale House in inner city Dublin.

‘I love creating colourful, thoughtful pieces and interacting with the public while I paint,’ she says.

Sadly, her first piece of public art, another box in Ringsend in 2017, no longer exists.

‘A Bird in the Hand’ … street art by Juliette O’Brien outside Saint Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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