Art Deco Dublin: Noblett's Sweet Shop
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This cache is one in a series highlighting some of Dublin's finest examples of Art Deco architecture. The design movement, which was popular roughly between the two world wars, never had an enormous impact in Ireland. Nevertheless many beautiful buildings were constructed along Art Deco lines, and while many have been demolished, there are still several fine examples to be seen in modern Dublin. This series of caches will bring you to several examples, but is not intended to be a comprehensive list.
The structure of Art Deco is based on mathematical geometric shapes. It was widely considered to be an eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism, being influenced by a variety of sources. Among them were the so-called "primitive" arts of Africa, Ancient Egypt, and Aztec Mexico, as well as machine-age or streamline technology such as modern aviation, electric lighting, the radio, the ocean liner and the skyscraper.
Art Deco design influences were expressed in fractionated, crystalline, faceted forms of decorative Cubism and Futurism. Other popular themes in Art Deco were trapezoidal, zigzagged, geometric, and jumbled shapes, which can be seen in many early pieces. These were the buildings of the future: sleek, geometric, dramatic. With their cubic forms and zigzag designs, art deco buildings embraced the machine age.
This building, at the top of Grafton Street, once housed Nobletts Sweet shop. It was built at some point in the 1930s and, despite its distinctive tower, is often overlooked by the throngs that pass by it every day. Today it houses a newsagents shop.
This cache is a nano. It is placed away from the building itself, in a marginally quiter location! Stealth is required in this urban location, and please be aware of the many people who pass by this busy spot. You may have to find this cache by touch, rather than by sight!
Art Deco Ireland
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