Street art in Dublin is a relatively new concept and this unmissable piece is definitely one of Dublin’s most remarkable. Erected in 2017, the street art squirrel was created by Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, in his series named ‘trash animals’. Bordalo chose the red squirrel because it is a species that is endangered as a result of deforestation. It’s in pride of place beside one of the city’s main train stations and passed by thousands of commuters every day.
It was designed to draw attention to our growing environmental problem and is made almost entirely from rubbish, old car parts and even a bicycle, all of which were found in a local dump. There are often planning disputes when it comes to street art in Dublin, but this has lasted over two years now, adding a splash of colour and character to an otherwise drab, commercial filled part of the city.
It’s a real pleasure to gaze out at the cute squirrel when passing on the bus and try to pick out what junk was used in the making of it. I think it is a valuable asset to the city and hope it lasts for years to come.