Latest electrical box painting pays tribute to a Cork sculptor

Latest electrical box painting pays tribute to a Cork sculptor
Seamus Murphy tribute painting on an electrical box in St Luke's. Created by artist Kevin O'Brien.

CORK sculptor, Seamus Murphy, who is perhaps best known for his 'Dreamline' piece located in Fitzgerald's Park, is the latest famous face to be depicted on an electrical box in the city.

A portrait of the late visual artist features on an electrical box located in Harrington Square in St Lukes. 

Created by artist Kevin O’Brien, who was commissioned by Brian Dillion's GAA Club, he told The Echo that preparation was key in turning the piece around quickly:

"I was thrilled to be asked to paint a Seamus Murphy tribute in St Luke’s.

"The painting took around a day and a half to complete in total.

"I spent a full day prepping at home and then four hours on site painting", he said. 

Seamus Murphy (1907-1975) was born in Mallow but attended St Patrick's School on Gardiner's Hill. 

He left formal education at age 12 to pursue an apprenticeship as a sculptor and went on to become a Royal Hibernian Academy professor of sculpture.

The Seamus Murphy tribute is the first of three Kevin was commissioned to create by the well known hurling and football club.

"The next ones to come is of Daniel Corkery, followed by Paul O'Leary," Kevin said. 

Kevin co-founded Mad About Cork in 2016, a volunteer group dedicated to improving Cork’s public spaces through guerilla gardening, street art, and more.

Since its inception, Mad About Cork has painted many a famous face on electrical boxes including The Frank And Walters, Ashling Thompson, Daniel Florence O’Leary, Mary Elmes and King Joffrey Baratheon.

For Kevin, brightening up the city with creative artwork is always a pleasure.

"While it can get cold working on the outdoor paintings, particularly over the winter months, the end product always makes it worthwhile and it's lovely that so many people stop and show an interest when I'm out working," he said.  

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