Dublin – A Summer’s Tale
by Oriana Kraemer
It’s almost as if this exceptionally warm and long-lasting summer has finally freed Dublin from its state of shock, caused by the sudden recession back in 2009. Not only rating agencies attest economical uplift this year, also the social and cultural life of the capital experiences a revival – or could I say reinvention? There is one spot in town, where prevailing self-flagellation has been replaced by action, creativity and power: a vacant site on Dominick Street Lower, in the heart of the city.
Since over a year dozens of volunteers have been frantically working to realize Granby Park, a temporary Pop-Up garden by the arts collective Upstart, “a place of creativity, nature, imagination, play and beauty for everyone. For four weeks, there will be free arts events, outdoor cinema & theatre performances, live music, educational activities and a pop-up café open to the public.” (source: Granby Park website)
Post-crisis city production
Creating Granby Park on this inner city urban wasteland feels like a statement to me, an attempt of people to finally take part in shaping the city after a long history of paternalism and more recently – the dictate of the market in Ireland. This project is therefore more than just another example of trendy European bottom-up urbanism and will – despite its temporariness – surely have a strong impact on urban culture and community engagement in Dublin.
So if you want to be part of something special, come along! Help with the final spurt of the build up today, volunteer as a park steward, visit one of the many amazing public events, offer your skills at trade school or simply celebrate community, team work, reconciliation, creativity and – the new Irish Summer…
The park is open to public from August 22nd to September 22nd 2013, Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 7pm at Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1
The site before the build up, just a few weeks ago!
Granby Park this Sunday….
… and today!
Construction work on the pallet amphitheatre went on until late tonight..
Volunteers making tree planters from pallets
Teens from Dublin and Belfast are building the amphitheatre as part of a reconciliation project
The grass has been manually “transplanted” from a neighbouring vacant site!
Watering plant donations
Local volunteers painting the fence
Discrete advertising – a lovely herald for Granby park spotted on Exchequer Street today. Fence knitting action…
The good vibes spill over: Tenants painting their walls at Dominick Flats!