Deirdre Breen: I’ve previously had a project space at Backwater and am a member of Cork Printmakers, so I work regularly from the complex, so personally it has a lot of meaning for myself. It’s a really vibrant, supportive and important space in our city centre.
It took about two weeks in total. First we have to prep and prime the walls. Once that was complete, the design was mapped onto the wall in metre squares. I used the X and Y axis of each individual square to plot line points from which I could connect the lines. That was the trickiest part, especially in areas where there are a lot of smaller shapes and angles. Once the design was mapped it was a case of painting the wall section by section, and making sure all the lines were nice and sharp. Luckily for the two weeks we had the weather on our side which made a big difference. The mural was finished just in time for Culture Night, so it was nice that people could come and sit on the wall across the way by the river and take it in.
The reaction has been amazing so far. I’ve had so much lovely feedback from any of the images and video footage online, and lots of people have sent me photographs of themselves or others engaging with the piece. With the current restrictions, museums, galleries and arts organisations have had to close their doors so many exhibitions and art production has been put on hold. The Ardú festival has been a welcome initiative that takes the experience of new artworks outdoors, to the streets. People have really enjoyed the festival trail, and it’s had a positive impact on our local communities bringing joy in what feels like a relentless tough period.