Air­port is ‘Light Years’ ahead on art in­stal­la­tion

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with John Man­ning | ed­i­to­rial@fingal-in­de­pen­dent.ie

DUBLIN Air­port’s lat­est art in­stal­la­tion – a mu­ral en­ti­tled ‘Light Years’ by renowned artist James Ear­ley - can now be en­joyed by pas­sen­gers tran­sit­ing be­tween Ter­mi­nal 1 and Ter­mi­nal 2.

The con­cept of Light Years fo­cuses on the idea that time and light are in­trin­si­cally linked; light links our past to our present and our fu­ture.

Ear­ley, who was orig­i­nally a graf­fiti artist, has been pro­duc­ing ab­stracted fig­u­ra­tive works since 2010.

‘We are hon­oured to fea­ture James’ work at Dublin Air­port so it can be en­joyed and ap­pre­ci­ated by pas­sen­gers and by air­port staff,’ said Dublin Air­port Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Vin­cent Har­ri­son. ‘This is the sev­enth in­stal­la­tion in our Sense of Place project, which is de­signed to bring dif­fer­ent facets of Ire­land to our pas­sen­gers, even if they are con­nect­ing at Dublin and never leave the air­port,’ Mr Har­ri­son added.

‘Both in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively these in­stal­la­tions trans­form the vis­ual land­scape of Dublin Air­port for our pas­sen­gers.

‘Dublin Air­port pro­vides the first wel­come and last good­bye to Ire­land for tens of mil­lions of peo­ple ev­ery year and Light Years’ suc­cess­fully gives a sense of Ire­land’s rich artis­tic her­itage and beauty.’

Artist James Ear­ley said the mu­ral, ‘is in­spired

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by a mod­ern Ire­land, an Ire­land in which we take pride in our rich artis­tic, fam­ily and nat­u­ral her­itage and de­velop and pre­serve it, tak­ing it to new and ex­cit­ing places, pro­mot­ing our is­land glob­ally and re­in­forc­ing the fact that Ire­land has been, is and will al­ways be a cen­tre of artis­tic ex­cel­lence’.

The mu­ral shows how light and travel work to­gether in the mag­nif­i­cence and beauty of a bird in flight. The seag­ull is used as a sym­bol of the nat­u­ral her­itage of Ire­land and the beauty of the Ir­ish land­scape is re­flected in the colours of the piece.

‘It’s amaz­ing to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to show­case a piece of my work to such a large au­di­ence,’ Ear­ley added.

Ear­ley’s dis­tinc­tive style cel­e­brates and pays homage to his fam­ily’s artis­tic past within Ir­ish stained-glass art.

The fam­ily busi­ness, Ear­ley and Co. Stu­dios, dates back to 1852 and dom­i­nated Dublin’s stained-glass scene for decades.

He has been pro­duc­ing art­works in pub­lic spa­ces since 1997 and is well known for a num­ber of his pre­vi­ous works.

In 2014, he painted Blooms Ho­tel in Dublin’s Tem­ple Bar.

The project took one year to com­plete and is the largest pub­lic art­work in Ire­land to date.

The air­port is de­lighted to be in­volved with the artist and bring his work to its mil­lions of pas­sen­gers.

Al­most 24.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers have trav­elled through Dublin Air­port in the first nine months of the year, a 6% in­crease when com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

Dublin Air­port has wel­comed an ex­tra 1.4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in the first nine months of the year. Dublin Air­port has flights to al­most 190 des­ti­na­tions in 43 coun­tries.

James Ear­ley pre­pares his ‘Light Years’ art in­stal­la­tion at Dublin Air­port.

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