Treeline Project


The Treeline Project is an arts initiative by Mary Cremin and Oonagh Young and it was one of the seven successful projects of the Arts Council Open Call 2016 for its new 10-year strategy: Making Great Art Work.



Major rebuilding has taken place in the north inner city and while improving the area substantially it has eradicated the character from some streets. In an attempt to reimagine the area, the Treeline Project wants these artistic interventions to look to the past, illuminate the present while directly altering the street for the future. Encouraging all who live and work in the area out into the park and on the streets, this project will reactivate a transient space into an active, attractive and colourful destination.

The large scale ambition of this project is to regenerate a street through a multidisciplinary artistic approach with experienced artists, curators and architects. Working in close conjunction with relevant partners, community organisations we are prioritising active public engagement with the public as active participants in the process as well as audience members.

This project sets out to affect social and cultural change through maximising public engagement with all visual elements installed, permanently or temporarily, outdoors and accessible to everyone.

In a wider context, this would entail the first phase of a larger project which aims to create a green corridor that would connect James Joyce Street to the Hugh Lane via The Joyce Museum on North Great Georges Street, thereby linking a cultural cluster in the north inner city.

In the spirit of ‘7,000 Oaks’ by Beuys and the ‘marriage of trees’ in the CYCLOPS episode of ‘Ulysses’ this project intends to change the existing streetscape through artistic practices that attempt to transgress traditional aesthetic boundaries.

Proposed changes on the street will include planting trees referenced in ‘Ulysses’ and a ticker tape LED display system with the text of ‘Ulysses’.

A summer season of events will take place in a temporary pavilion that will be built in Liberty Park. The purpose of this structure is for artistic and social engagement and for community groups to use. The tree planting enterprise provides a “very simple but radical possibility for regeneration whereby the society would be activated by means of human creative will” or ‘social sculpture’, a term devised by Beuys.


From CYCLOPS (Episode 12 Ulysses James Joyce)


“As treeless as Portugal we’ll be soon, says John Wyse, or Heligoland with its one tree if something is not done to reafforest the land. Larches, firs, all the trees of the conifer family are going fast. I was reading a report of lord Castletown’s…

Save them, says the citizen, the giant ash of Galway and the chieftain elm of Kildare with a fortyfoot bole and an acre of foliage. Save the trees of Ireland for the future men of Ireland on the fair hills of Eire, O.

Europe has its eyes on you, says Lenehan.

The fashionable international world attended en masse this afternoon at the wedding of the chevalier Jean Wyse de Neaulan, grand high chief ranger of the Irish National Foresters, with Miss Fir Conifer of Pine Valley. Lady Sylvester Elmshade, Mrs Barbara Lovebirch, Mrs Poll Ash, Mrs Holly Hazeleyes, Miss Daphne Bays, Miss Dorothy Canebrake, Mrs Clyde Twelvetrees, Mrs Rowan Greene, Mrs Helen Vinegadding, Miss Virginia Creeper, Miss Gladys Beech, Miss Olive Garth, Miss Blanche Maple, Mrs Maud Mahogany, Miss Myra Myrtle, Miss Priscilla Elderflower, Miss Bee Honeysuckle, Miss Grace Poplar, Miss O. Mimosa San, Miss Rachel Cedarfrond, the Misses Lilian and Viola Lilac, Miss Timidity Aspenall, Mrs Kitty Dewey-Mosse, Miss May Hawthorne, Mrs Gloriana Palme, Mrs Liana Forrest, Mrs Arabella Blackwood and Mrs Norma Holyoake of Oakholme Regis graced the ceremony by their presence. The bride who was given away by her father, the M’Conifer of the Glands, looked exquisitely charming in a creation carried out in green mercerised silk, moulded on an underslip of gloaming grey, sashed with a yoke of broad emerald and finished with a triple flounce of darkerhued fringe, the scheme being relieved by bretelles and hip insertions of acorn bronze. The maids of honour, Miss Larch Conifer and Miss Spruce Conifer, sisters of the bride, wore very becoming costumes in the same tone, a dainty motif of plume rose being worked into the pleats in a pinstripe and repeated capriciously in the jadegreen toques in the form of heron feathers of paletinted coral. Senhor Enrique Flor presided at the organ with his wellknown ability and, in addition to the prescribed numbers of the nuptial mass, played a new and striking arrangement of Woodman, spare that tree at the conclusion of the service. On leaving the church of Saint Fiacre in Horto after the papal blessing the happy pair were subjected to a playful crossfire of hazelnuts, beechmast, bayleaves, catkins of willow, ivytod, hollyberries, mistletoe sprigs and quicken shoots. Mr and Mrs Wyse Conifer Neaulan will spend a quiet honeymoon in the Black Forest.

Birch, Sylvester, Holly,Hazel, Daphneªplant), Rowan, v creeper, beecy, myrtle, Olive?, Maple, Honeysuk? Poplar, Mimosa? Base for blooms viola, Hawthorn, Cedar, Aspen, Hawthorn, Holmoak, Larch, gloaming heather? larch, spruce – catkins – Hazel.”


Proposed places for planting in the area


Treeline Project Map