Dart station murals get face-lift
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.