Cracks of Opportunity
Where the light enters Ireland.
By Samuel Bishop
When a tree falls in the rainforest, a gaping hole in the canopy illuminates the forest floor below. Plants scramble and compete to get prime position. They strain from all sides to reach the light; a frantic battle within the once peaceful forest. This opportunity for new life comes about from the demise of one ancient tree.
Granby Park, a temporary park built in central Dublin last year was a crack of new life within the Dublin landscape. When in 2012 we began to consider the project, we found opportunities in the urban jungles within the city. We considered cracks that had developed within Irish society; religious, financial, educational, social and political institutions where the the integrity had begun to crumble, one after the other. But it created a chance for fresh ideas to be inserted into the fabric of the conventional. Granby Park was a way to insert creativity and light into the city to demonstrate ‘what could be’.
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Samuel is events coordinator at Happenings & Street Feast. you can connect with him on twitter at @samue1