This illustration was the winner of the graphic design category of the Uniquely Dublin competition hosted by the Little Museum Dublin.
The brief of Uniquely Dublin competition was as follows:
We’re looking for entries that celebrate Dublin today. If you have something original to say, we want to hear it. Show us something that surprises or delights us. It could be a cartoon of your favourite character or a poem on Sandymount Strand. It could be a poster for the new Dublin or a piece of local slang as we’ve never seen or heard it before. It could be a painting, a slogan, a piece of propaganda or even a song. Make us look at Dublin with fresh eyes. Your eyes.
There were seven categories in which work can be entered; Film, Animation, Photography, Graphic Design, Written Word, Visual Arts and Music and the judging panel included Robert Ballagh – Visual artist, Moya Doherty – Producer and co-founder of Riverdance, James Hanley – Visual artist, board member of the National Gallery of Ireland and Peter Pearson – Historian, conservationist and visual artist, amongst many people at the top of their field.
So my piece for Uniquely Dublin is a map of one of my favourite places – The Phoenix Park. It’s a place that grew up very close to and spent a lot of time there with my family, having picnics, running in races, attending concerts, walking the dog, going to see the pope – it was definitely an important part of my childhood and growing-up years and I still love to go there now. The illustration shows just some of the things people enjoy on a visit to the park.