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An 'unexploded missile' will stop you in your tracks on the streets of Dublin tomorrow

Published 13/03/2016 | 18:34

It is not the first time GOAL have been inspired by the streets of Dublin to highlight their cause - the international aid agency used a striking poster about Nepal to stop shoppers in their tracks last year
It is not the first time GOAL have been inspired by the streets of Dublin to highlight their cause - the international aid agency used a striking poster about Nepal to stop shoppers in their tracks last year

Pedestrians in Dublin will be transported to the Middle East by a shocking scene on one of the capital's busiest streets tomorrow.

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International charity GOAL will place an 'unexploded missile' on a southside street to mark five years of suffering in Syria.

The display will take place on King Street by the Gaiety Theatre on Monday morning from 11am to 1pm.

The unexploded missile has been constructed by acclaimed street artist, Will St. Leger, using various salvaged materials.

It will be placed in a ‘hole’ on the pavement, created using compost and pre-smashed paving stones.

Special effects will be created by coal dust for blast scorch and smoke, along with a number of other elements.

The charity want to highlight the ongoing suffering of innocent civilians in Syria, as the latest round of peace talks on the Syria crisis begin in Geneva tomorrow.

Artist St. Leger was commissioned by GOAL to build the structure "to mark the fact that rockets and missiles continue to land in civilian areas in Syria every day, killing innocent men, women and children in the process".

GOAL CEO Barry Andrews will attend the event with GOAL Syrian staff member, Alia Alsoud.

Alia left Syria at the start of the war but still has family living in the country.

She also lost family members in the violence, while other have been trapped in sieges.

It is not the first time GOAL have been inspired by the streets of Dublin to highlight their cause.

In May of last year, the international aid agency used a striking poster to stop shoppers and commuters in their tracks on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

The poster, which was fashioned by a Dublin-based graphic designer, showed the street, and its buildings and monuments, lying in ruins.

The agency used the poster campaign to bring global humanitarian disasters like the earthquake in Nepal closer to home.

"The image of O’Connell Street destroyed by an earthquake is shocking, but thankfully it is unlikely ever to happen to us," said GOAL CEO, Mr Andrews at the time.

"We are extremely fortunate that we live in a location that will never experience a major crisis such as an earthquake, a hurricane, or a drought.

"Unfortunately, it is a reality for millions of people across the world living in places like Nepal," he added.

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