PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, 18th September 2019
A new installation was officially opened in Library Square, Tallaght. The installation, ‘Melt the Walls’, is part of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF)’s community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’.
Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of six towns around the country.
Commenting on the project, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF said: “The Reimagine… project ran over 11 months and during that time, hundreds of people in Tallaght spoke about what they would like to see in their locality. Library Square was identified as the ideal site. Ideas were developed about how to connect this area to the buildings, cultural organisations and spaces surrounding it, in a way to ‘Melt the Walls’.
“Following public consultation, the IAF ran a nationwide competition for architects, designers and multidisciplinary teams to suggest how they might answer these needs. Local Tallaght residents were invited to adjudicate on the entries. The installation, designed by OBFA, officially opened today is the winning result of the competition and will enhance Library Square for the local residents. We hope to see local residents sitting and occupying the space with a view to changing their perspective of Library Square.”
The project is run by the IAF and is funded by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Council in partnership with South Dublin County Council Arts Office and Tallaght Community Arts. It is produced with the Civic Theatre, Rua Red, South Dublin County Parks & Landscaping, Tallaght Library and the Mother Tongues Festival.
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