As you lay sleeping in the wee-wee hours of Tuesday, my fellow Greystonian, there was a hardy bunch of men working overnight, putting in place a piece of art that has been two years in the planning, six months in the making, and three weeks in the installation.
And we’ve been dancing around exactly what this great big chunk of art actually is for pretty much all of that time.
All that preparation and painstaking work came to an end early Wednesday morning though, as, overnight, five strong, burly men – led by the mighty David Breen – put Irina Kuksova‘s most ambitious creation yet into place on the wall of Theatre Lane.
And now, we can finally reveal that, hey, Wicklow’s biggest-ever stand-alone mural is a phenomenally big, happy-to-be-here whale, smiling down on Greystones from on high.
With Irina having painted the background over the past 21 days – driving a cherry picker late evenings and early mornings into the SuperValu car park – her 18-panel, 95-foot metal centre-piece whale painting was jigsawed together – all through Tuesday night.
So, if you’re passing down the main street, pop your head in and say hello to the town’s newest, biggest-ever resident. He’s our good luck charm, and a sign of big things to come down on Theatre Lane…
And just to give you an idea of the work involved in just such a creation, back in May, we spoke with Irina about the importance of dreaming big…
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