That’s the spirit

With the Sketchers we have been at the Icon Factory in Temple Bar, a place where young artists reinvented a degraded area with wonderful results.
This seems to reflect the spirit of those who almost thirty years ago turned a practically abandoned area into one of the most original and innovative quarters in Europe.
Unfortunately, the business has watered down almost all those initiatives, transforming Temple Bar into a massive point of attraction for tourists. Yet someone still seems to retain that spirit (and in the same area too) and I hope that Dublin, in one way or another, will always be able to these chances to those who really want to do something different.


Con gli Sketchers siamo stati in Temple Bar alla Icon Factory, un posto dove giovani artisti hanno affittato spazi e riqualificato un’area degradata, con splendidi risultati.
La cosa sembra riflettere un po’ lo spirito di quelli che quasi trent’anni fa trasformarono un’area praticamente abbandonata in uno dei quartieri più originali e innovativi in Europa.
Purtroppo il business ha annacquato molto di quelle iniziative, trasformando Temple Bar in un punto nevralgico per attrarre i turisti, ma (sempre nella stessa area) qualcuno sembra ancora conservarne lo spirito, e spero che Dublino, in un modo o nell’altro, riesca sempre a offrire queste possibilità a chi ha tanta voglia di fare.

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