A mural honouring those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic has been unveiled on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

The eye-catching painting, titled 'Pass Freely', was created in conjunction with the Hugh Lane Gallery.

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The Hugh Lane Gallery has collaborated up with renowned street artist Asbestos to install a large mural on the side wall of the AIB building.

The mural takes the form of a figure made of painted burnt matches. Each one represents one of the people who have died from Covid-19.

During its lifetime the mural will be updated with more matches until such time as when the pandemic has ended.

Artist Asbestos said: "The mural shows a figure made up of nearly 5,000 individually drawn burnt matches.

"Each match represents the life of a person who has passed away in Ireland during the Covid pandemic, each extinguished at a different stage of existence. Each life cut short, along with their hopes, ambitions and the memories.

"Over a 10-day period I painted each match and after each match was finished I repeated the quote from Joseph Beuys 'pass freely from one level of existence to another'."

As part of the project, hoarding at the wall will also feature a quote from Joseph Beuys’s book The Secret Block for a Secret Person in Ireland.

The quote was chosen to mark the passing of each victim of Covid-19. The hoarding will feature details of the collaboration between Asbestos and the Hugh Lane Gallery.