Mural unveiled in new student flats in Cork

A new mural has been unveiled in the city

Nido Student Accommodation commissioned the artwork from their Bandon Road location.

Europe’s leading student accommodation operator has unveiled a new public artwork in the Ashlin House accommodation complex, designed by Cork street artist Peter Martin.

The local artist has transformed the exterior of the student building with a 12m mural of a little girl gazing across the nearby loch at a flock of geese taking flight, titled ‘Aisling Gheal’.

The mural depicts the hundreds of students who call the Ashlin House student complex their temporary home, before migrating themselves once summer comes.

Peter Martin, artist of the mural, commented: “Working with Nido to design and bring this scene to life has been an exciting project. As someone who grew up close to the loch, I understand first hand the history and authentic nature of this beautiful place – I am so proud for working on this iconic piece of art.

Nido and Peter have worked together to bring accessible artwork to locals, creating a connection between Ashlin House and the local community, while creating a sense of home and safety for students.

Designed to mimic the fun and exciting times college can bring, the mural acts as an engaging and permanent part of the building for students and the community.

The Cork artist became famous for his 14 large format spray painted works across the city.

The process he used for the mural is called digital glazing and involves scanning the original painting at very high resolution and then printing and hand painting the art onto 560 porcelain tiles, all in small amounts. nearly the size of a vinyl record.

Darren Gardner, COO at Nido Student, comments: “The unveiling of the mural at Ashlin House marks an important milestone as we welcome more students to the Nido network in Ireland. Working with a local artist has helped us create a story that our students can relate to and the local community can appreciate – we encourage everyone to visit. »

Ashlin House is Nido’s second residence in Cork.

Located on Bandon Road, it is home to over 500 students from nearby MTU and UCC.

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