New mural rejuvenates an old ESB substation in the centre of Cork city 

New mural rejuvenates an old ESB substation in the centre of Cork city 
The former ESB power station on Caroline Street has received a new mural by Shane O Driscoll. Pic: Gerard McCarthy 

The latest Cork mural on the city streets is brewing up a storm with shoppers and traders delighted with the snazzy pop of colour now present on Caroline Street.

An old building received a revamp thanks to the efforts of Brown Thomas Cork and supported by Cork City Council with funds from the City Centre Placemaking Fund.

Speaking to The Echo artist Shane O’Driscoll, who created the artwork on the former ESB power station over a four day period, said he was given creative licence to paint whatever he wanted on the wall.

Shane O'Driscoll visual artist, pictured at the Brown Thomas celebration to toast the rejuvenation of Caroline Street and the Shane O Driscoll mural on the former ESB power station. Photography by Gerard McCarthy.
Shane O'Driscoll visual artist, pictured at the Brown Thomas celebration to toast the rejuvenation of Caroline Street and the Shane O Driscoll mural on the former ESB power station. Photography by Gerard McCarthy.

“I was contacted in April and asked if I wanted to paint a mural and I said yes! I was pretty much allowed to do what I wanted. I created two mock-ups and went from there.” Shane, 38, who studied Graphic Design in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) worked in the industry for a good ten years in Dublin before returning to his passion for art.

In recent years Shane, who is also a member of Cork Printmakers, said he has exhibited work all over the world including the UK, New York and Germany.

A piece of Shane’s work is also on display in the Table restaurant in Brown Thomas Cork.

Speaking about getting the chance to work on the mural on Caroline Street, Shane said it was a phenomenal opportunity.

“It is the stuff you imagine you could do in college,” Shane said.

Shane, who will be a full-time artist a year in September said that he has an exhibition in the SO fine Art Gallery in Dublin on September 5.

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