The Mark Orange art project in the summer of 2017 McCullough Mulvin Orange was designed through and around five buildings in the centre of Dublin - The IAF in Bachelors Walk, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, the Dublin Dental Hospital and two Trinity buildings; the Ussher Library and the Long Room Hub. The artist created an event in each - a film, an interview - and people walked between them.
The project brought focus to the work of the practice in Dublin, a long-term investigation of contemporary architecture in the historic city - in books (Dublin: An Urban History), urban framework plans, in buildings for Trinity College and Temple Bar, and in single projects within the grain of city blocks and back lots. The city within the canals is an ordinary/extraordinary place. New things have to be made in the context of older ones. Projects re-interpret Georgian plot and materiality, or make contemporary interventions within existing houses - essentially calling for more protection for the city’s historic fabric, but a new open-ness to its transformation and re-use.