If you've been on RTÉ's campus in Donnybrook in the past few days, you might have caught a glimpse of a dramatic 60ft artwork spanning three full storeys of one of our main buildings.
Now we can reveal its purpose. The striking artwork, by renowned artist Joe Caslin, has been chosen to feature as part of RTÉ's latest Big Picture series, which is focusing on youth mental health in Ireland. Over the course of the next few days, the Big Picture initiative will see special programmes, interviews and features that all aim to shine a light on one of the most important issues in the country.
A short documentary on the inspiration for the artwork, the installation process and an interview with Joe Caslin will be available to watch on RTE.ie across the week.
The range of content and Caslin's artwork are "inspiring", said RTÉ Director General, Dee Forbes. "It’s a statement of intent behind a strand that I hope will ask important questions and present some interesting responses," she noted.
From a specially curated RTÉ 2fm Spotify playlist to a special GAA panel discussion on mental health and wellbeing hosted by RTÉ Sport's Evanne Ní Chuilinn, the week is set to ask how young people can cope with day-to-day pressures in the 21st century.
On Thursday April 26 at 9.35pm, RTÉ One will broadcast a powerful hour-long TV documentary and studio discussion, The Big Picture - Young and Troubled. Produced by members of the RTÉ Investigates team, it'll aim to show the reality of mental health issues among Ireland's young population and the crises in our services.
On RTE.ie, RTÉ Brainstorm, the initiative between RTÉ and Irish and international researchers and academics, will feature analysis of empathy projects in primary schools written by actor Cillian Murphy and Professor Pat Dolan, along with a look at youth mental health interventions in Galway.