There’s so much Graffiti in Belfast. Not your average ‘tagging the alleys’ but pieces of art. We wandered round capturing all we could find. We’re sure we missed out on some gems, but here’s what we saw.
DISCOvering THE BELFAST GRAFFITI
Bobby Sands was a member of the paramilitary group the Irish Republican Army and a member of the UK parliament. He led the 1981 hunger strike and died in Prison Maze while on strike.
“PAINT ME, PAINT ME”
This had a funny story! So, this sits right next to the famous Bobby Sands Mural. The story behind this is a Romanian man used to play the accordian whilst Danny Devenny worked away. He’d shout, “paint me, paint me”, so Danny did!
A nod to the history of cooks and seafood in Belfast’s history.
THE DUEL OF BELFAST, DANCE BY CANDLELIGHT
This piece, “The Duel of Belfast, Dance by Candlelight” by Conor Harrington was painted back in 2012 and apparently it go without a few raised eyebrows at the time.
The wolf is on Belfast's shield, wolves were once an integral part of the Irish countryside and culture. The stance between the wolf & modern young woman is a subtle reference to the tensions during the troubles, a retrospective look & acknowledgement of past and present.
This is from artist, Pang, with her ubiquitous “Miniature A**hole” character that can be found around the world in tongue-in-cheek homage to the masters.
“MINIATURE A**HOLE - REMBRANDT”
NORTH STREET ARCADE
This represents the heartbreaking story of a pet store that perished in a fire that was suspected arson. It’s symbolically sat empty ever since.
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL
This celebrates the many unions with membership in Ireland, north and south.