HONG KONG'S bamboo scaffolding is to be turned into a work of art to grace the most famous street in the Irish capital of Dublin. British artist Dan Shipsides, 28, will fly a team of scaffolders to Ireland from the SAR later this year to erect a bamboo structure around a disused Art-Deco cinema in historic O'Connell Street. Shipsides, who is in talks with three scaffolding companies, was given the go-ahead last week after his plan beat 34 other proposals from artists in 10 countries to be the Nissan Art Project for 2000. He has received 100,000 Irish punts (HK$960,000) from the Japanese car maker to back the project. From his workshop in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Shipsides told the Sunday Morning Post his inspiration came from a visit here when he was amazed by the bamboo scaffolding. He says the idea fits in with Ireland's image as the 'Celtic Tiger', so called by commentators who compare the country's economic growth with Asia's Tiger economies. When he discussed his plan with the scaffolders he was worried he would be unable to get the idea across. 'It's a tiny job for them. They laughed then told me it would only take them a maximum of five days, and I could tell they were being on the generous side. 'I think they liked the prospect of coming to Ireland, doing a dead easy job and getting paid for it. 'The feedback here has been positive. Obviously there have been the gags about being bamboozled, but it has captured the imagination of a lot of people. 'Quite often people come across artwork and are confused because it doesn't look functional. The public are more able to deal with things which don't shout out at them as art. People will not immediately see this as a piece of art. It will be immediately accessible and will make them ask questions.' A tonne of bamboo scaffolding will be shipped to Dublin for the job, which is due to start in September. The structure will remain in place for two months. Safety and insurance will be high on the agenda and some of the SAR's more risky work practices will be out under Ireland's tough health and safety regulations. 'It fits in with massive redevelopment of Dublin. 'There is a lot of steel scaffolding and cranes about and my idea is to juxtapose that landscape with bamboo scaffolding.' Much of O'Connell Street was destroyed during the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule and the subsequent civil war in 1922, and it is now the focus of the city's facelift.