The Lightship, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
An interesting and unusual use for our Kilmainham 358 Mesh.
The Lightship; Clients Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
The rather nondescript roundabout, at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, recently received the addition of a wonderful piece of illuminated artwork to commemorate the lightships which surrounded our coast and were serviced from The Irish Lights Service from Dun Laoghaire.
The last lightship on the Irish Coast was decommissioned in 1983. Though this writer remembers them well.
This structure is part of a national plan to enhance public spaces such as squares, streetscapes and markets in a way that will engage tourists and enhance their experience in key towns.
The Lighting of the ship can be varied to reflect events and holidays.
Installed in December 2020 the piece was unfortunately a target for anti-social behaviour, and we were asked if we could provide a solution which would protect the structure whilst accommodating the very irregular site perimeter whilst still enabling its detail to be seen.
Generally, fences prefer straight lines, but this site had a number of very tight curves. Eoin Ennis our Contracts Manager came up with a solution, our Kilmainham 358 mesh which has more flexibility than other mesh systems because of its unique design, Eoin also suggested that the mesh be coated white to make it less obtrusive.
The night and day/before and after photos, show a very original addition to the streetscape and one that will remain for many years protected by its new fence.