A new art installation has been painted on Letterkenny’s Church Lane with a helping hand from the artists behind the iconic ‘Derry Girls’ mural in Derry city.
Derry Street Artist Group ‘UV Arts’ and design students from LYIT recently teamed up to create a contemporary stained glass mural for the Cathedral Quarter.
The mural, which takes influence from St Eunan’s Cathedral, is located beside the entrance into G&G, Dream Nails and Kay C Designs on the Church Lane and was funded under the Creative Ireland program.
Donal O’Doherty of UV Arts was one of the talented creatives who designed the eye-catching Derry Girls mural on the side of Badger’s Bar, featuring the main characters of the hit Channel4 comedy.
Speaking about his latest project in the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter, Donal said: “We have developed a unique piece of street art in collaboration with the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter regeneration team and design students from LYIT.
“The initiative links our cultural heritage through a vibrant, modern approach to public arts. Street art is increasing its audience and is an excellent opportunity to engage new audiences and transforms areas.”
The mural is a contemporary take of the traditional stained glass panels located in St Eunan’s Cathedral and celebrates the significance and excellent workmanship throughout the Cathedral.
Donal added: “The representation of female forms is identified in the floral patterns, links to the scale and shape of the panels is highlighted with the bold use of line creating a dynamic piece that creates a splash of colour on an otherwise indistinguishable wall space. The use of colour and vibrancy will create positive wellbeing and hopefully inspire the local community.”
Crona O ‘Donoghue, lecturer at LYIT Department of Design and Creative is delighted that the students played a pivotal role in the creation of the Mural.
She said: “This mural grew out of a first year communication and creative process project centred on the quarter. We were particularly impressed by the committee’s commitment to make some of the projects a reality.
“The collaborative approach between UV Arts and three of our BA (Hons) Fashion with Promotion students – Grace Carlin, Laura Cavanagh and Debbie Pearson is a testament to all involved. We are really grateful to Donnan and the team for giving our students this opportunity, Crona added.
The artwork will be officially launched at an event in Insomnia Coffee Shop on Tuesday 5th November at 3pm. All welcome.