Wild creatures invade Dean Street, Kilkenny

Sean Keane


Sean Keane



Be careful on Dean Street, Kilkenny

Mary Butler and Dan Leo at Kilkenny Arts Office PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Artist, Dan Leo is synonymous with changing our perception of ordinary things and for depicting creatures in a unique, physically mesmerising manner.
Known as the Banksy of the Nore, his latest assault on our perceptions (senses) has utterly changed the interior and exterior of the Kilkenny Arts Office.
The building on the city’s Dean Street has become an immersive, totally captivating, what can only be descried as a wild habitat, zoo, or something out of a marvel film.
It's all in a good cause as he and Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer, Mary Butler highlight living things in the Bookville Exhibition.
It is suitable for children aged between 5 and 12 years of age and while many of the slots are booked out it is open Monday to Friday from 3 to 5pm and you could be lucky on Saturday mornings for a sneaky look when the workshops are being held.
The idea was to get the children to physically immerse themselves in Dan Leo’s habitat and learn about the creatures he has imagined.
The exhibition is also suitable for older teenagers with an interest in art and Mary Butler explained Dan’s work as a graphic style, born from a steady consumption of obscure cultures, cartoons, music and street level art movements.
The exhibition comes with a wonderful booklet that includes questions on the animals and their classification.
A Living Things crossword and a picture of the wonderful pheasant mural painted by Dan under the Ossory Bridge is also included.