Grand designs at UCD science block

A screegrab of a video showing James Earley working on his masterpiece outside the UCD science block. Photograph: UCD Research

A screegrab of a video showing James Earley working on his masterpiece outside the UCD science block. Photograph: UCD Research

Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 00:00

Some artists paint on a grand scale, with canvases over three metres across.

But James Earley goes grander still. He has just completed an art work 40 metres long and over two metres tall outside the science block at University College Dublin.

Mr Early is a graphic designer and illustrator who won a commission from the university entitled “Journey of Discovery”, a work done to celebrate the ongoing development of UCD’s emerging Science Centre.

“We wanted to tell the story of the Science Centre both on campus but also to the general public,” says Alexandra Boyd, public engagement and outreach project manager with UCD Research.

They decided to commission a large-scale piece of “graffiti art” applied to wooden hoardings that block off part of the Science Centre’s construction site adjacent to the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology.

There were underlying themes of connections and of moving from local to global and these are reflected in the design eventually submitted by Mr Earley. “It is all about the connections,” he says.

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