Dún Laoghaire Baths, Co. Dublin
To kick off this year’s Dulux Let’s Colour Project, Dún Laoghaire’s, weather-beaten old baths have been beautifully restored to their former glory with a delicious palette of Dulux ice cream colours including chocolate flake and blueberry sorbet shades.
Passers by, local business people and tourists were delighted with the transformation and many commented that an air of positivity had been injected into the area. One dog walker, ‘it’s incredible to see the difference that colour can make to an area. It’s made a dreary and somewhat depressing area, so vibrant and positive. I’ll be coming down here more often for a walk from now on!’ Ice cream pastels were used to create the beautiful the seaside scape and were combined with art-deco inspired neutrals to complement the architecture of the baths and the surrounding buildings. 2FM broadcaster, community champion and positively positive Hector Ó h’Eochagáin was at the official launch of the baths, and called on communities to nominate a community project they would like to transform with colour on Dulux.ie. He rallied the troops, saying, “Here folks is a positive opportunity to make a real difference by brightening up your community. There is an opportunity here to improve GAA clubs, community centres, schools, old folks’ homes … the works, making them brighter and more positive places to spend time. So get out there, get involved, submit your project and you might be one of the lucky communities who get pick up a paint brush.” To celebrate the transformation, local swimmers braved the cold and stripped down to their swimming costumes for a photo in front of the beautiful baths. Thankfully, Hector was on hand with a towel to warm them up afterwards! Operation Transformation’s Dr Eddie Murphy was also at the baths and was delighted with the colourful result. He commented on the power of colour to change not only how our surroundings look, but also how we feel about them, by saying, ‘In the same way that blue skies and yellow daffodils will raise your spirits, so too can changing the colour of your surroundings. Transforming a dull, grey space with a splash of colour, will undoubtedly help communities feel more positive about these spaces. Moreover, unlike the unpredictable Irish weather, these changes and their impact upon the community are long lasting.’