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Dublin's public art prominent in Museum Without Walls

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin's public art is going global.

Seventeen pieces of the Dublin Art Council's public art in 10 locations throughout Dublin have been added to the international CultureNOW Museum Without Walls project.

The Dublin Art in Public Places exhibition joins more than 60 other public art collections throughout the country featured in the digital gallery of art and architecture.

The collection is "one of the largest and most comprehensive compendiums in the country," information from the DAC said, and includes more than 10,500 sites and 20,000 images, complimented by more than 1,000 podcasts from artists, historians and curators.

The digital collection also includes work from countries such as Portugal, Denmark, Israel, Turkey, India, China and Australia.

"It's an honor to be part of the collection and to be recognized this way," DAC Executive Director David Guion said.

"The collection has been recognized locally and sometimes nationally, but this is international."

The DAC discovered the Museum Without Walls project while researching cell phone and mobile art tours before introducing its own cell phone tour of public art pieces.

"It wasn't an immediate priority because we were tackling so many other components of cell phone tours and mobile-enhanced websites," Guion said.

For inclusion into the digital gallery, the DAC gave CultureNOW images and recordings they had on the 17 different pieces of public art in Dublin sites, such as Leatherlips, Out of Bounds, Field of Corn, Watch House and One Step at a Time.

"Discovering the wealth of Dublin's public art collection was one of the most wonderful aspects of this project," CultureNOW President Abby Suckle said in a news release.

"When we began building our Digital National Gallery, we never imagined that this cultural gem even existed," Suckle said.

"We're proud to share one of America's finest small collections with our audience and hope that it inspires people to visit and enjoy one of the cultural highlights of Ohio both vicariously on the iPhone and in life."

Getting to be a part of the collection seemed like a natural step to the DAC.

"The public art collection in Dublin is world renowned," Guion said.

"It's a natural development for the organization and the city as a whole because it's recognized on so many levels... .

"It just makes sense that it's recognized in multiple ways and through cultures. Being on the list has recognized the collection and the importance of the collection."

Being on the list could also bring visitors to Dublin for art.

"We're hoping with this type of inclusion in the culture now that we'll have a wider reach so that when people visit Dublin they're visiting Dublin just to see the collection, just to see the public art and then do other things," Guion said.

"It just provides a broader reach. This is something we couldn't do as an organization by ourselves. This bolsters the program and widens the reach of the foundation."

Applications for the iPhone and Android to serve as a guidebook to Museum Without Walls are in the works. The apps are expected to be launched soon.

For more information about the DAC's public art collection, look online at dublinarts.org. To see Dublin's work in the Museum Without Walls, go to culturenow.org.

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