Recently I was one of 12 artists selected by means of a curated, invited competition (curated by Aisling Prior) to design a large scale piece of artwork for a new building in Stanhope Street School in Dublin as part of the Per Cent for Art. I was pitching against several very talented Irish artists so I was really delighted to have my design chosen as the winner by a committee in October 2014.
The original design I submitted was a simpler concept but I wanted to recreate it with input from the students themselves so all of the characters were designed by the students in fun (and loud) workshops held in the school.
I then took the new ideas we created in the workshops and redesigned the entire illustration. I worked with the incredibly talented Triskill Design who, over the course of three months, used my design to create a gigantic, beautiful 10 x 2.5 meter mosaic to fill the main wall in the schools open plan corridor.
We also created a second 'Welcome' sign in the main foyer using animal characters to draw the viewer around the corner to the larger main piece.
The mosaic was completed and installed in April 2015.