An exhibition of artwork based on September 1913, WB Yeats' landmark poem about The Lockout, originally hung in the un-built Anglo Irish HQ, has gone back on exhibition on O’Connell Street.
Romantic Ireland: From The Streets was first exhibited in the skeletal shell of Anglo Irish HQ on North Wall Quay, Dublin on St. Patricks Day 2012.
At the time the artists involved sought no permission to stage the exhibition in the building, arguing that the unfinished stucture was owned by NAMA, which is bankrolled by the citizens of Ireland.
The exhibition was removed days before the 2012 Fine Gael Ard Fheis in the Convention centre and was returned days after the Ard Fheis.
To mark the centenary of the poem and the Lockout, the artwork has now been re-hung beside the AIB bank on O’Connell Street.
The exhibition features the work of 28 artists, each given a line from September 1913 to interpret as a comment on “the effect of greed and power-lust on the ideals of a nation.”
The organisers are now trying to raise funds through a Fundit Campaign to have commemorative books printed of the exhibition with all proceeds going to SIMON.