THE ICON WALK AND THE ICON FACTORY IN TEMPLE BAR DUBLIN
At the end of August 2020 it was reported the owners of building that houses Icon Factory were seeking vacant possession of the premises and I have not seen any updates since then. All that I know at present is that an application has been made to Dublin City Council by the owners to convert the building and two adjoining premises into a restaurant.
The Icon Factory is a not-for-profit co-operative of Dublin based artists. It consists of a small workshop, gallery and shop. However, their main contribution to the area is the Icon Walk and having spoken to one artist it is more than possible that they could operate equally well from another location and still maintain and even enhance their Temple Bar activities.
“The Icon Walk Dublin is a multi-street public art installation which showcases original artwork by many different local artists of Irish icons from many disciplines including: writers and playwrights, sports icons, musicians, and actors from the performing arts. The Icon Walk Dublin is accessible and relevant, collaborative and inclusive, efficient and adaptable. It is a sustainable and economical model for public art projects, that is truly iconic and inspirational.”
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