Beyond Pebbledash

Beyond Pebbledash is a celebration of an overlooked icon of Irish domestic architecture...

Temporary Exhibition Temporary Exhibition

27th August – December 2014

Beyond Pebbledash is both a celebration of an overlooked icon of Irish domestic architecture and a design-driven discussion on the future of Dublin urbanism.

The Beyond Pebbledash project includes the ‘construction’ of a house in the central square of one of Dublin’s National Museums, the publication of a book (also titled Beyond Pebbledash) and an Arts Council funded engagement programme, targeting young people and Transition Year students.

The Beyond Pebbledash House involves the installation of a ‘typical’ Dublin pebble-dash house, life-size, scale 1:1, to include a pebble-dash façade, and steel skeletal frame to replicate its walls, stairs, internal doors, rear fenestration, chimney and roof. The house will be on ‘display’ here at the Museum in Clarke Square, Collins Barracks from August to December 2014.

The Beyond Pebbledash house is intended to provoke questions in the mind of the viewer. ‘What have we built?’ And, critically, ‘Why have we built it here?’

This is an introduction to a bigger conversation on city living and the very nature of ‘house’ and ‘home’. ‘Where do we live and why?’, ‘What type of homes do we desire?’, ‘When is a home not a house?’ and ‘What makes a great liveable city?’

Beyond Pebbledash was initiated by Paul Kearns and Motti Ruimy (authors of REDRAWING DUBLIN). The engagement programme will draw on expertise in Dublin City Council (Public Arts Office and Heritage Office, Dublin City Council). The exhibition and educational programme will be run in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland from August to December 2014

Contact Details

• For more information about the construction of the BEYOND PEBBLEDASH House and imagery contact:

Paul Kearns or Motti Ruimy

• For more information about the Public Engagement Programme contact:

Ruairí Ó Cuív - Public Arts Manager Dublin City Council Public Art Manager

• For more information about the National Museum of Ireland contact Helen Beaumont Education and Outreach Officer

You can find ‘Beyond Pebbledash’ on Twitter and Facebook.

See also the associated Press Release.

Beyond Pebbledash Engaging with Architecture Programme is funded by the Arts Council under the Engaging with Architecture Scheme and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

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