Dart sta­tion mu­rals get face-lift

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MORE THAN 20 years af­ter be­ing painted by art stu­dents Jay Roche and John Carter, the mu­rals at Bray Dart Sta­tion are un­der­go­ing an im­pres­sive face-lift, as the orig­i­nal artists pre­serve their work by con­vert­ing them to mo­saics.

Three of the iconic squares chron­i­cling the his­tory of the peo­ple of Bray have now been fin­ished. The project is be­ing spon­sored by a num­ber of com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als, who will have plaques erected on the sta­tion wall.

Jay and John, who now de­signed the mu­ral in 1987 af­ter winning a com­pe­ti­tion set up by com­mu­nity arts or­gan­iser Anne Hen­nessy.

The two promis­ing artists saw the com­pe­ti­tion as a great chance of get­ting a job for the sum­mer in be­tween their first and sec­ond year in art col­lege.

They sub­mit­ted a full de­sign to fill the 19 pan­els, de­pict­ing each decade be­tween the open­ing of the sta­tion in 1852 up to the 1980s. The de­signs were dis­played for a num­ber of weeks, with the win­ner de­cided by the peo­ple of the town.

Michael D. Hig­gins of­fi­cially opened the com­pleted pan­els, to the joy of the artists and the com­mu­nity, but time has not been kind to the work. The paint work has faded and crum­bled some­what, and the artists hope that the new ver­sions will last for many more years to come.

‘It’s go­ing great,’ said Jay of the progress so far.

‘We were just down at the sta­tion on Fri­day and will soon be tiling and putting spon­sor plaques on the fin­ished pan­els.’

The new mosi­acs at Bray Dart Sta­tion re­gen­er­at­ing the mu­rals on Plat­form 2.

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