A graphic designer has created coloured prints of the iconic Mayo lighthouses on his journey to capture every lighthouse guarding the Irish coast.

Bert DuFour has spent the last three years and travelled over 2,000km trying to capture all 80 operational lighthouses dotted around our coastline, including Mayo's Blacksod, Broadhaven, Clare Island and Inishgort. 

Fifty-five lighthouses across the country have so far been framed as artworks – and now his huge project will go on public show at Gifted, Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at Dublin’s RDS from Nov 30th to Dec 4.

“There is a beauty to these towers, and how they stand over the ocean,” said Belgian native Bert, who moved to Ireland, in 2011. 

“I am gobsmacked by how these structures were created 150 to 200 years ago. I find how they were built and where they were built utterly fascinating.” 

Bert, who started design business, The Designer of Things, after moving here, said his work has been inspired by Hergé, the Brussels-born graphic artist and creator of The Adventures of Tintin. 

His illustrations have even been compared to the famous comic books about the boy adventurer and his dog Snowy. 

Bert has also created a 1,000-piece jigsaw of 16 of his lighthouse prints, which will be featured along with his print collection at Gifted.

Gifted – the traditional opening to the festive season, featuring over 400 designers, makers and artisan food producers, will also feature Ireland’s largest collection of sustainable Christmas gifts for both adults and children. 

Full details and booking at www.giftedfair.ie.




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