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June 13, 2019 Art in Focus Colin Eaton
DHR Office Art in Focus with Colin Eaton

As part of our CSR programme, we have decided to make our wall spaces available to artists and creatives based in Dublin 8 who would like an opportunity to display their work – free of charge. Our first artist is Colin Eaton. Colin is a visual artist based in Dublin 8 who works mainly in the medium of collage. Often creating from discarded materials, Colin seeks to create empathy between the person and the object – stirring emotions and sensibilities.

DHR Office Art in Focus: Spirelíne by Colin Eaton

An amalgamation of two words, spire and line, this piece represents the Spire in Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The word ‘líne’, Irish for ‘line’, is both a reference to the skyline as well as to the simplicity of the Spire being rather like a single line itself. The piece, in its dimensions, alludes to that sense of verticality.

Although monumental and tall, the Spire doesn’t cast an overbearing shadow – rather it ignites and illuminates all around it. In homage to that, Colin has assembled a shadow of eyes on the ground. In the spirit of multiculturalism, inclusivity and welcoming, some of these scraps are taken from both international and local magazines.

Words from Flann O’Brien’s book The Third Policeman cover the ground of O’Connell Street. Colin always liked the idea of paving that section of O’Connell Street in the manner of a piazza. Interestingly, O’Brien’s brother, Mícheál Ó Nualláin, took court action against the Spire project. Ó Nualláin even pondered running as a candidate for the Dáil using the motto ‘Stop the Spike!’

Visitors are welcome to come and view Colin’s work at DHR, which will be on display until summer 2019. If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact Colin via colin@colineaton.ie. You can view additional pieces of Colin’s work on his Instagram page @colineatonarchitect.

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