Cranberries inspire sign art installation at LIT

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Pictured at the unveiling of the piece at LIT were artist Tom Collins and Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries. Picture: Alan Place
Pictured at the unveiling of the piece at LIT were artist Tom Collins and Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries. Picture: Alan Place

THE Cranberries’ 1993 debut album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We’, which sold over five million copies, has inspired a sign art installation in Limerick Institute of Technology’s Moylish campus.

Texas-based sign painter and illustrator Sean Starr collaborated with Limerick sign painter Tom Collins to create the 10ft high 15ft wide hand painted sign placing the title of The Cranberries debut album centre stage on a large cloud.

The two traditional sign painters connected via social media and a working relationship between the pair developed when Collins invited Starr to take part in ‘Love Letters From Limerick’ a sign-painting event hosted in Limerick city in 2014.

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Following the completion of the sign art it was temporarily installed on the exterior of Brown Thomas Retail in Limerick’s city centre.

“We wanted the sign to inspire and to reach as many people as possible. We looked at locations throughout the city and here at LIT we have found the perfect home; there are hundreds of young people coming through the doors everyday and I hope this message speaks to them,” Tom Collins explained.

The sign was unveiled in Limerick Institute of Technology this Monday at an event attended by Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler.

by Alan Jacques

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