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Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project

 
 
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
1. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker
Inscription.
Chris Reid completed a public artwork
consisting of 20 bronze plaques and a
printed book. The texts are based on
recordings the artist made from
2004 to 2008 with residents and people
associated with Nicholas Street,
Ross Road, Bride Street and Bride
Road. Chris Reid was commissioned
through Dublin City Council's Public
Art programme, arising from the
refurbishment of these buildings
and funded by the Department
of the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government.


[Marker photos follow in no particular order]
 
Erected 2008 by Dublin City Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
 
Location. 53° 20.52′ N, 6° 16.323′ W. Marker is in Dublin, Leinster, in County Dublin. Marker is at the intersection of Nicholas Street (National Route 81) and Ross Road, on the left when traveling south on Nicholas Street. Touch for map. Markers are randomly placed on the walls of four-story red brick apartment buildings along Nicholas St., Ross Rd., Bride St., and Bride Road, roughly between St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Nicholas Street, Dublin, Leinster 8, Ireland.
 
Other nearby markers.
Looking north along Nicholas Street from intersection with Bride Road image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
2. Looking north along Nicholas Street from intersection with Bride Road
Note the marker at extreme right of photo, below street sign.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Patrick's Cathedral (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dublin Millenium Literary Parade (about 210 meters away); Saint Patrick’s Park (about 210 meters away); First Performance of Handel's Messiah (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Veronica Guerin (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Castle Hall (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Margaret Anna Cusack (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Lord Ardilaun (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Artist's website. (Submitted on September 17, 2009, by Chris Reid of Dublin, Ireland.)
2. A Public Artwork for Nicholas Street, Ross Road, Bride Street and Bride Road, Dublin, Ireland- 2009. This site includes a map of all of the markers as well as photos. (Submitted on May 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public Work
 
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Locale image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
3. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Locale
Looking south along Nicholas Street from Christchurch Place.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
4. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

I went to 'The Metropole' on
O'Connell Street for ballroom dancing,
'The Young Hearts' on the Adelaide
Road for quick steps and waltzes
and 'The Ierne' for céilí. I went to the
'Crystal Ballroom' off Grafton Street
and to 'The Pallas' on O'Connell Street.
Every Saturday night I'd dance at
'The Olympic Ballroom' off Pleasants
Street. Fellas would ask me out to the
pictures and I went with my pal to
'The Royal' every Friday and also to
'The Gaiety','The Olympia' and
'The Queens'. That was the late 1940's.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
5. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

The hill was steeper,
the street narrower.
The surface was all
cobblestones. When
winter weather made them
freeze, horses struggled
to climb. Sparks flew
from their hooves.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
6. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

'Have you ever been on
Methodone?' they asked.
It was their way of asking me
if I had ever taken drugs or
was a drug addict. I was on
Methodone - Yes, but I did have
a good record of clean urine and
letters from the doctor saying
I was clean. We had maximum
points and things looked good.
So I told the truth.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
7. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

The renovation was
completed in September 2000.
But if you don't maintain
a place it will fall into
disrepair and over time
the people living there will
become demoralised.
The place will then go back to
the way it was before.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
8. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

I never really had a
conversation with my
father. Sometime in
the 1960's he caught me
mitching from school and
gave me an awful hiding.
Ripped the clothes off me,
lashed me with the belt and
punched me in the eyes.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
9. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

If you really love
something and you have it -
then no matter what it is,
I think you deserve it.
We are only caretakers for
the things we have. I am
lucky to have this flat. It is
all I really have and
I really adore it. I think
I take care of it the best I can.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
10. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

My father was in the British Army
during the 1st World War. He got some
medals but when he left the army
he pawned them and never redeemed
them. My brother, he was in the British
Airforce during the 2nd World War.
My father was made to know about it.
He used to say to my mother, 'I can't
get a word out of him'. My brother got
the Burma Star and all, but he never
even wrote away for his medal. He said
he didn't need medals to remind him.
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
11. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

I'd be standing in the kitchen
cooking my breakfast. I'd pull
up the blinds and open the
window to let air in. Next thing
you see someone gawking in,
waving in and taking snaps.
Hello. one says. How are you
sir? Good, I says. Would you
like a rasher sandwich?
Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
12. Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project Marker

They had seven children and
decided this was enough.
One day after mass, she arrived
home and told her husband
that the priest said no one of
childbearing age should stop
having children. Sometime later
she had another. Both she and
the baby died during the birth.
They were buried together.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2009. This page has been viewed 3,802 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 16, 2009.
 
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