Castle Gardens 'Are You Ok'

By DrawOut

A Moyross House gets a facelift

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Moyross is a local authority housing estate on the north side of Limerick built between 1973 and 1987and forms the parish of Corpus Christi. In 2006 the estate had 1,160 houses with 19 acres of open green areas divided into 12 parks and a population of 3,468. By 2009 the housing stock has been reduced in preparation for the regeneration programme to 900 houses. This regeneration process seemed to halt overnight, leaving residents and the local environment in a state of bewilderment… a promise pending and nothing being delivered. With a population decrease of over 10% now, Moyross residents feel disenfranchised by the system and even more isolated from the rest of the city.

The idea for this project grew from the vast numbers of suicides that had impacted on the community in early 2013. This was felt by the young people of the area but also by the community development workers. A grief hung over the area that in someway needed to be acknowledged and named as a first step towards healing. Through various meetings and consultations with community members the concept was born for this piece. This notion of painting a boarded up house, in terms of its process, has such a deep and powerful correlation to the individual experience of residents, being impacted first hand by the regeneration process. Using what was now a derelict, unlived and unloved house and creating a piece of art that was alive and dynamic and in constant relationship with audience was a very unique and real opportunity to present a theory in a very symbolic and conceptual way.

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