URBAN EXPRESSION AT WINDMILL LANE 21 MAY 2013
This was photographed using a Sony NEX-7 which was an early mirrorless camera by Sony.
Windmill Lane Recording Studios (earlier Windmill Lane Studios) is a recording studio in Dublin, Ireland. It was originally opened in 1978 by recording engineer Brian Masterson in premises at 22 Windmill Lane, and it subsequently relocated to its current location in a three-storey building at 20 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4, where it still operates as one of Ireland’s largest recording studios.
Over the course of its history, it has been used by many notable artists. The original site of the Windmill Lane Studios remained a popular cult symbol for music fans due to the studio’s links with the Irish rock group U2; the group’s albums to have been fully or partially recorded there include Boy, October, War, The Joshua Tree, Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and Zooropa.
The original studio buildings were covered in graffiti from fans, who had paid pilgrimage from all over the world, many attracted by the studio’s historical connection with U2. The original location of the studios were recommended as a tourist attraction by publications such as The New York Times in 2008.
The Windmill Lane site was purchased by property company Hibernia REIT in 2015, who announced in 2014 that it had purchased the loans held against the Hanover Building on Windmill Lane, Dublin, for €20.16 million and an adjoining one acre development site for €7.5 million. A plan was made to develop it into offices, retail spaces and residential units.
The original Windmill Lane Studios structure was demolished on 3 April 2015. The firm announced plans to retain a 20-metre stretch of the studio wall famous for its fan graffiti. Options for the future of the wall include recreating the wall in the atrium of the new Windmill Lane building, giving the wall to Dublin City Council, U2 or any other interested party for reconstruction or reuse in an alternative setting.
I don’t actually know what happened to the wall but I was there during the demolition and am convinced that much if not all of it was destroyed.