A Cathedral's History

Living Stones, St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of Ireland’s top ten most visited attractions. Living Stones aimed to support visitors’ understanding of the many artefacts and stories born of its long history. Event’s intervention concentrated on re-organising the innterpretation of existing monuments and gathering additional exhibits around them in four thematic clusters.

Display materials were carefully selected to blend with the ancient environment and make a statement for the 21st century. Monuments set within the walls offered an opportunity to ‘embrace’ the space. A steel ribbon inscripted with the words “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” encircles the Cathedral interior with a suggestion of prayer.

The design is simple and contemporary. Shapes are pure and elemental. Graphic elements are kept to quiet neutrals with minimal colour accents. Strong ecclesiastical colours are used to define the exhibition clusters.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Design and Construct

Scale

Displays throughout the Cathedral

Location

Dublin

Programme

1997 - 1998

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‘Thank you for this powerful, yet sensitive, interpretation of the life of St Patrick’s. Against the background of fifteen centuries of daily worship, it focuses on the most significant events and figures in the cathedrals history.

Our visitors find it very inspiring.’

Maurice Stewart
Dean, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin