COLLAGE URBAN ART AT 30 MANOR STREET – THE URBAN LIVING ROOM BY SORCHA O’HIGGINS
https://vimeo.com/356148505 [Pigeons Of Discontent]
New collage artwork by Sorcha O’Higgins on 30 Manor Street and mural beside Rea auctioneers by Claire Prouvost, One of a developing network of signage and murals throughout Stoneybatter. Others can be found at Viking Place, Halliday Road, and the Scout building on Ben Edair Road.
In 2018 I noted the following description: “This building was in reasonable condition when it went on the market many years ago but over the years it shows signs of neglect and for various reasons it became attractive for pigeons”. When I photographed it in 2018 No. 30 on Manor Street with rear access from Shea’s Lane the accommodation was described as residential over retail requiring extensive works to restore it to a habitable condition.
In October 2020 it was reported, by local media, that an elderly man who faced a civil action for causing a nuisance in his locality by feeding wild pigeons at his home in Dublin has made settlement terms with the council. The feral birds had flocked to a rooftop on Manor Street and had taken up residency. Their droppings on the footpaths and beside homes in Stoneybatter led to locals making complaints.
Sorcha O’Higgins is a collage artist with a background in architecture and urban art. Often abstract and figurative, her work compositions bold colours, patterns, and contrasting elements to construct playful but forthright imagery. Created as part of the Greening of Stoneybatter Initiative, and with help from Stoneybatter Pride of Place, The Urban Living Room celebrates the practice of ‘neighbouring’ – social interaction done on the doorstep and out-and-about that has built and sustained community relations in Stoneybatter for generations.