GIANT PAPER PORTRAIT IS COVERING TULLAMORE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT BUILDING
Published: 15th September 2015
Work has begun today to wrap one of Tullamore’s most public buildings in a giant paper portrait. Artist Joe Caslin is pasting the entire two story building with a portrait of a young man in one of his ongoing projects called “Our Nations Sons”.
The project is part of Culture Night and Foundation 15 Arts Festival and it will last approx 2 weeks.
As well as an established artist, Joe Caslin is one of the art teachers in Tullamore College and has already received much acclaim and publicity for similar installations across Ireland, most notably his portrait of two men embracing on a building in Georges St., Dublin ahead of the equality referendum last May. He is an Ambassador for Culture Night (Friday 18th of Sept) and the Tullamore ‘portrait’ is being supported by Culture Night / Department of Arts and Foundation 15 Arts Festival in Tullamore.
The artwork is intended to address the social issue that a generation of young males in Ireland have been pushed to the fringes of society whilst at the same time being left with feelings of neglect and apathy. With emigration, mental health issues, youth unemployment and suicide at the door of most Irish households, we will make a statement that we chose not to live in a country where any young man is left behind. The purpose of these large-scale portraits is to activate a community into addressing their own participation with the young men of their towns and villages.
Joe Caslin has worked with all 3 secondary schools (students and teachers) in Tullamore in devising a representative image, making this a collaborative project involving hundreds of teenagers.