Viewfinders Killiney Hill Park Dublin 2014

Public Art Project for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office

Killiney Hill was a popular place to walk and picnic in the Georgian period and was often illustrated by artists. The painted views were drawn to create picturesque compositions that are altered versions of the real topography. Hills were illustrated as being steeper than they actually were, and distances were often foreshortened and/or altered to suit aesthetic preferences. The view to the south was compared at that time to views of the bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast so that a layer of culture is also referenced in the place names that were given such as Sorrento Terrace and Vico Road which served to convey the erudition of the inhabitants.

Viewfinders is a commissioned project which is part of the INTER/GNERATION celebration of Architecture initiated by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office, and Supported by the Arts Council Engaging With Architecture Scheme. The viewfinder structures are positioned to frame contemporary views from Killiney Hill alongside digital reproductions of historic prints of the same views so that people can see how these have changed over time. The changes made to the topography by the original painters to suit aesthetic taste are also apparent.

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