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Get your design on a Grafton Street seat

You could soon make your mark on Grafton Street under plans by Dublin City Council to let the public have its say.

As the repaving of the famous shopping landmark continues, the council is looking for designs for a seat at the top of Grafton Street as well as 12 unique art works which will also function as bollards, and a set of 10 bollards that will double as seats.

The chance to have your input on the shopping mecca is part of a Grafton Street Quarter Public Realm Plan which sets out a vision for the future of the area. The draft plan will be launched today by Dublin's Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn.


Under the plan, artists and designers will be asked to submit their ideas for unique street furniture for the new Grafton Street which has been undergoing a controversial transformation that has led to both praise and criticism over the choice of new granite paving stones.

Work to lay the new paving stones began in June, but criticism of the appearance of the new granite slabs came quickly when they appeared stained.

Dublin City Business Association CEO David Brennan was dismayed with the new paving.

He said he raised the issue with the council and they accepted his comments but added that the paving would be cleaned and sealed.

The project, including new lighting and street furniture, will cost €4m.