Maser and Damien Dempsey dedicate new art piece to Conor Cronin

by Rachel Darcy

Artist Maser and singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey have joined forces to create an artwork that encourages people to check in on each other, and raises awareness of mental health issues.

‘Meet Me At The Bridge’, is a piece inspired by a conversation the singer and artist had about mental health, and was brought to life on the iconic Samuel Beckett Bridge. The piece is in remembrance of Movember campaigner Conor Cronin, who passed away during a tragic accident whilst raising money for the charity.

The paircollaborated to create a first-of-its-kind artwork as part of Movember and creative agency Huskies’ ‘Conversations Piece’ campaign. Elements of the Samuel Beckett bridge were illuminated to showcase Maser’s distinct design alongside Dempsey’s poignant phrases.

Maser said: ‘We saw the Beckett Bridge as a half way point where two sides of the city are joined together and beat as one. Very much like a conversation and particularly one about mental health, we wanted to encourage people to talk more and also to listen. To meet halfway and to empathise – a conversation takes two and can make all the difference.’

Speaking about the dedication of the piece to Conor Cronin, Jack O’Connor of Movember said: “We were devastated to learn of Conor’s accident. Conor was a passionate Mo Bro, devoted to improving the lives of men who are suffering from the most pressing health issues.

“Our deepest condolences go to his friends, girlfriend and family. By dedicating this artwork in his name we hope to shine light on his selfless work.”

November 2020 has seen a record number of people get involved in the Movember Ireland campaign, which raises funds for men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

‘Meet me at the Bridge’ is the final piece in a series of artworks that Movember commissioned and illuminated on landmarks around Dublin throughout 2020, to encourage connectivity and meaningful conversations about mental health.

To find out more, visit www.conversations.movember.com

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