Love Letters to Limerick

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The able Tom Collins, left with Texan wunderkind Sean Starr view the handiwork of many Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.
The able Tom Collins, left with Texan wunderkind Sean Starr view the handiwork of many
Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.

DESCRIBED as an ‘art exhibition and collaboration gift project to the city of Limerick’, the series that is Love Letters goes on into early October at various destinations around town. It’s based on traditional signwriting and the art of hand painted letters.

Love Letters is one of ‘The 061’ experiences inviting us all to dial into culture. FabLab on Patrick Street is principal site, not just for viewing but to browse through the artists’ studio work here.

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There is an emphasis on the balance between art and commerce. The venture looks to stoke conversation and an appreciation for what signwriting is and does, creatively and for the attendant product.

One of the installations is the large ‘ghost sign’ project created by international sign artist Sean Starr in collaboration with Limerick man Tom Collins (whose baby ‘Love Letters’ is) and with input from The Cranberries. This mural based piece is based around the band’s first album, ‘Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We’? and is on the corner of William Street and Little William Street.

Back in Texas, Starr’s studio engages in design and branding, working with monster companies such as Gap, Sony Music, NBC and the 2010 Winter Olympics. It featured in the book and documentary ‘Sign Painters’ by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.

‘Sign Painters’ the film will screen during September 25 to 27’s Limerick Jazz Festival while daily there are free events at LCGA, Pery Square. The 061 drive is geared to profile Limerick favourably as the European Capital of Culture 2010 bid’s longlist trims down to shortlist, as decided by an international panel.