The arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity with the Dublin City Arts Office operating as an integral part of Dublin City Council. By leading, developing and working in partnership, the Arts Office support artists, arts organisations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life and its reputation as a modern vibrant city, rich in heritage.
Art is seeing before words, it permeates the fabric of the city, it is seeing what everybody else sees and thinking what nobody else thinks. Art is in the space in-between. In order to honour art as an integral part of the city, we designed Replica Art, a custom made font made from the spaces in-between in the city. Spaces in between office buildings, cultural centres, housing estates, park benches, school stairways, gallery entrances, rooftop horizon lines…
The identity system created uses ‘International Klein Blue’ (blue being Dublin’s main colour) and ‘Opportunity Orange’ (it’s natural complimentary colour). The signage system constructed uses large light boxes, each with a thin white vertical line ending in an arrow head which subtly directs you towards the art inside.
: Bobby Tannam
PHOTOGRAPHY : Matthew Thompson
SIGN FABRICATION : Academy Signs
European Design Award Winner 2021