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March 21, 2010 – 5:49 pm

St.Patrick meets St.Yrofoam

- Posted in Extended Portfolio, Polystyrene Uses by Fran

St. Patrick making an impression on a Dublin bike with our sign in the basket.

St. Patrick making an impression on a Dublin bike with our sign in the basket. (Image courtesy of Robbie Reynolds)

St. Patricks day has been and gone for another year but St.Yrofoam (the lesser-known patron saint of  extruded polystyrene) was present to help celebrate and decorate the Irish public holiday.
St.Yrofoam, or Styrofoam, as she is known to her followers, is widely used at themed events to make props, signs, masks, floats and costumes. She is lightweight, and easily shaped, sculpted, painted or glued to create objects that catch the eye of an audience or “WOW” the crowds at a parade.
She doesn’t require you to follow rigid doctrines or guidelines, or weekly attendance at a place of worship, and she also doesn’t expect or enforce the practice of rituals. You have free spirit to use Styrofoam as you wish; the only rule she does try to apply is that her followers take care of how they dispose of her after use.

32 piece Jigsaw of Ireland in Styrofoam

32 piece Jigsaw of Ireland in Styrofoam

Enough of this cheesiness: the real idea behind this post was to show you some examples of projects that were created for parades and events around the country.

This map of Ireland was an interactive display, to allow the public to name and place the counties in the correct location. We added a little fun to the event by adding and subtracting pieces at different intervals. We also made it more difficult by painting both sides so, if a piece was placed upside down, it made the task more testing, unless you were very good at geography.

Fetch.ie logo replicated in 3D for a lightweight sign

Fetch.ie logo replicated in 3D for a lightweight sign

The sign for Fetch.ie was also double-sided, so it could be viewed from both sides of the road at St Patrick’s Day parades in Drogheda and Carrickmacross.
Fetch.ie is an easy-to-use classified ads website where you can an advertise an item for €3 for 2 months.
The shopping cart logo was easy to reproduce into a lightweight 3D sign which replicates their brand perfectly. It looks very distinctive on top of the VW Beetle, even though there is strong competition from the tractor and horses. That’s what makes rural parades interesting: you don’t know what to expect.

The "Go Dundalk" walking bus at the St. Patrick's Day parade

The "Go Dundalk" walking bus at the St. Patrick's Day parade

A bus with legs isn’t what you’d normally expect but this is what we created for Southern Advertising Agency and their client, Dundalk Town Council. They are promoting “Go Dundalk” which is part of the council’s awareness campaign in a bid to the Dept. of Transports for the Smarter Travel initiative.
The walking bus was carried by local school children along the route of the parade, with stops to change the occupants who, we presume, were giving thanks to St.yrofoam for not being too heavy and to St. Patrick for having the day off school. A perfect combination of the two.