PURE HERE …… SO IT IS

Some new artwork to report in Belfast this week.

I saw reports on something developing on Social Media on Monday, so I headed out with my camera to investigate, and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday before getting photos of the finished piece on Thursday.

It’s at a pub called The Dirty Onion in Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter. I went there once before heading to a work Christmas dinner. It was satisfactory. Think i’ll just stick to Football, Music and Street Art and give Pub Reviews a miss, though if any Bar Managers are reading, I will do reviews in exchange for free food.

As you’ve guessed from the pictures, it’s not the easiest mural to photograph due to it’s location. I don’t fancy climbing up to try and get some close-up shots.

The image is of Belfast celebrities and landmarks such as Colin Murray, Julian Simmons, Samson and Goliath, and The Big Fish.

It’s sponsored by a beer company and painted by Visual Waste, who probably thinks i’m stalking him, as i’m usually at the scene when he paints something.

As with anything done by Visual Waste, there is an accompanying video of how it was done. You can find it here.

Enjoy.

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EAST BELFAST WALL OF LEGENDS

Anyone passing through East Belfast recently will have noticed some painting going on around the back of East Side Visitor Centre on the Newtownards Road. As more was painted, it started to become clear what it was, a collage of legendary people and landmarks of East Belfast such as George Best, Van Morrison and Holywood Arches.

A full list can be found beside the mural, as well as online here.

For information, the piece was painted by an artist called Dee Craig.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t do a complete progress piece due to it being too dark after work to get decent pictures, so the progress pieces I was doing was once a week, so I visited on successive weekends to get photos until it was completed.

Unfortunately, if you want to get close to it, you’ll have to wait, as there’s railings around it. When the area becomes open to the public, i’ll return to get some better photos.

In other Street Art news, I was out on my lunch on Thursday and spotted Donald Trump. It is to advertise a Burrito company in the City Centre, with the tagline “Make burritos bad ass again”. These are the sort of policies that got him into the White House.

The piece is done by Visual Waste.

As a bonus, there is a video of how the piece progressed from start to finish.

You’d better be quick if you want to see it, as it is on a board which is hiding building work, at the back of Belfast City Hall and next door to Ten Square Hotel.

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BE MY VALENTINE

New Street Art in Belfast to report, drawn especially for Valentine’s Day, depicting Jamie Dornan in the 50 Shades Of Grey (I don’t what that means but my female friends are fans of this) and the tagline “Be My Valentine”, done by the artist Visual Waste.

This image is on North Street and replaces the Sons Of Anarchy mural which was there previously, but was sadly defaced.

It isn’t the first time that Visual Waste has painted a mural of a man in a mask in Belfast, having previously painted a mural of Zorro at the other end of North Street as part of Belfast Culture Night in 2012.

The work of Visual Waste has been a regular feature on this blog over the past few years, and now he is on the BBC website, featuring in an article on Street Art in Belfast, alongside Emic, Friz and Glen Molloy, all of whom have also appeared on this blog over the past few years.

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BELFAST PEACE WALL ART – FEBRUARY 2017

It’s that time of year folks, my every six months look at the Peace Wall in Belfast on Cupar Way.

As Street Art goes, I don’t think it’s of great quality, but for some reason I feel compelled to document it’s changes every six months.

Tourists seem to like it, as there were quite a lot of people at about 10.30am on a Sunday morning.

If I was a tourist in Belfast wanting to check out Street Art, i’d go to Donegall Street and North Street instead to be honest.

So, here you go, a collection of images from Belfast Peace Wall.

See you again in August

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Belfast Peace Wall Art August 2016

Belfast Peace Wall Art August 2015

WINTER IS COMING

Spotted this on Twitter so decided to go out and get some photos of it, a new mural in Belfast City Centre of Jon Snow.

It’s not the guy from Channel 4 News, but the guy from Game Of Thrones, apparantly. Gonna let you in on a little secret, i’ve never seen Game Of Thrones and i’ve no real desire to. It’s just not something that interests me.

I’m probably the only person in Northern Ireland who hasn’t seen Game Of Thrones. I should probably be a tourist attraction in my own right.

If you’re looking for it, you can find it on Lower Garfield Street, opposite Aether and Echo.

The piece was painted by an artist known as Visual Waste, his work is a familiar sight in Belfast.

He has a video on his Youtube channel showing how he painted it.

Enjoy.

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LEIA

Another week, another mural in Belfast paying tribute to a recently deceased celebrity. This time it is Carrie Fisher, who died in the final days of 2016.

This is in the East of the city in Loopland Park, just off the Cregagh Road. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cregagh Road and/or East Belfast, just head to Wyse Byse, cross the road and you can’t miss it.

Unsurprisingly, the mural is of her in the role that made her famous, of Princess Leia in Star Wars.

If she was painted holding a gun, the artist might have been able to get funding from a government department by claiming it was a community project.

I became aware of this mural when somebody RT’ed this post onto my timeline on Twitter.

The next night, I headed over to investigate and take a look. The problem with this time of year is that there is no natural light in the evenings, making it hard to get decent photos. Having a day job means I can’t get out during the day to have a look.

I returned the following Sunday to have a look but it was still a work in progress. The artist left a note to say so.

I kept coming back over the next few nights to check on the progress. By the Wednesday night, the note saying “Work in progress” had now changed to “Almost there”

And who was the artist? Glen Molloy.

Does that name sound familiar? Yes, he’s been featured regularly on this blog over the past few months, doing the “Wall Of Legends” near the Royal Mail, a mural on Great Victoria Street highlighting the plight of homeless people, and a tribute in Botanic to Prince and George Michael.

Where will he strike next?

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THE CANVAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS BLANK

Just as he did in life, Prince in mural form (in Belfast at least) seems to go away for a while and then make a spectacular comeback, as a new tribute to him as appeared in Botanic on India Street. If you head to Alphabet Street, you’re in the wrong street.

If you don’t know where India Street is, it’s beside the Cancer Research shop, the kind of second hand store where you can find a Raspberry Beret ……. or possibly even some Diamonds and Pearls.

You may remember that a mural paying tribute to him appeared in Garfield Street within 24 hours of his death, of the symbol he was associated with, and the colour purple that he was associated with.

I usually cycle through Botanic on a Sunday and it wasn’t there last week. I noticed it when I got a bus through Botanic on Tuesday, so it was clear the artist in question had a Manic Monday.

I don’t usually travel by bus in Belfast, I only do so when it is raining. The rain wasn’t purple on Tuesday, by the way.

Even though I aim to bring you the Cream of Street Art in Belfast, I didn’t Gett Off the bus, deciding to wait until today.

There’s still a bit of space on the canvas, so i’ll bring you any news of updates if there any.

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GREAT VICTORIA STREET ART

A big thanks to @bohoman on Twitter for making me aware of this as I don’t usually venture to Great Victoria Street, a new mural facing where Avis Car Rental is and where a mural of Bananaman appeared in 2012.

There is still a few blank spaces, so there may be more activity on this wall, i’ll keep you updated if there is.

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JACK

AKA ……. Down By The Royal Mail II, Part II.

You may remember a few weeks ago, I blogged about some Wall Art that appeared on a wall in a car park near to the Royal Mail offices in Belfast.

Well, since I posted, an addition to the wall has appeared, a mural of (what I think is) Jack Nicholson.

If it isn’t, feel free to correct me.

I’ll keep you posted if there’s any more additions.

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DOWN BY THE ROYAL MAIL II

Those who travel into Belfast from a Northerly direction, or perhaps commute to and from Clarendon Dock can’t help but notice one thing as they travel into the City Centre, a wall mural in the car park close to Royal Mail offices.

It had been there for a while. I have photos going back to 2012 of the wall.

Over the coming years, it fell into a state of neglect, with pieces being painted over and it started looking like a mess.

Over the past few weeks, it has been updated, with new pieces mysteriously appearing. It was enough to intrigue UTV Live.

Naturally, I headed down with my camera and got a few snaps, of Bruce Lee and Kes, as well as some empty spaces, making me curious as to what will appear next.

A few weeks later, I got the answer, as images of Leonardo DiCaprio and David Bowie appeared.

There were still some blank spaces, so I waited to see if there was more activity.

Driving past it, I did catch a glimpse of some new work, so headed back the following Sunday when it was emptier and better daylight.

The new ones added were Christopher Walken, the dandy highwayman i’m too scared to mention and (I think) Harrison Ford – feel free to correct me if i’m wrong on that last one.

How apt that a man who had a hit called Stand and Deliver should appear on a mural near Royal Mail’s offices.

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