The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy and the Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland, Marcel Fortuna Biato officially unveiled a stunning mural on Ormond Quay celebrating Brazilian Independence and the diversity of Dublin city.
The project is the initiative of the Association of Brazilian Families in Ireland (AMBI) together with the Brazilian Embassy, Dublin City Council and Monteco Holdings Ltd and the mural is a collaboration between Brazilian Artist Neto and Irish Artist Asbestos.
Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy said, “I am delighted today to unveil this beautiful piece of artwork by Neto and Asbestos. It is a joyful celebration of Brazil’s bicentenary of Independence and the diversity of Dublin City. This fantastic new art installation will enhance the quays and will be enjoyed by both visitors and workers to the city centre. I would like to congratulate all involved who collaborated on this exciting arts project.”
Ambassador Biato said, “it is my great pleasure to take part in the launching of this magnificent open-air painting. I congratulate all those responsible for making possible this fitting celebration of the rich and vibrant bonds of friendship and family that unite the Irish and Brazilian peoples. In showcasing the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s independence, the artists responsible, Neto and Asbestos, also pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and self-determination that have always guided our nations. I am confident this mural will inspire all those who have a chance to see it, as well as reaffirm Dublin’s deserved standing as a beacon of diversity and goodwill.”
AMBI is a non-profit community organization, founded in 2010, to collaborate in the integration between Brazil and Ireland and promote Brazilian culture and Portuguese as a heritage language. We aim to embrace our migrant background, promote identity and belonging, support the Brazilian nationals living in Ireland, and strengthen the relationship between Ireland and Brazil.
The idea was to create a mural that could represent the celebration of 200 years of Brazilian independence and also would be a “gift” from the Brazilian community to Dublin. Then the idea of a collaborative mural between a Brazilian and Irish artist resulted in this stunning mural.
This collaborative project sees Neto Vettorello and Asbestos creating a mural called ‘Do Not Remove/Não Remova’. The mural was inspired by an inscription, ‘Do Not Remove’, scribbled on the wall of the boarded up building on the site on Ormond Quay.
The mural was made possible by the Brazilian Embassy in conjunction with Monteco Holdings Ltd, the owner of the old Ormond Hotel Site. Members of the public are invited to pop along and see the artists’ imagination come to life!
Source: Dublin City Council