Bang Bang Cafe, Phisborough,
Street artist and graphic designer Giant Sigh (Gareth Joyce) unveiled a mural calling for a YES vote in the forthcoming referendum, commissioned by The Irish Council for Civil Liberties [ICCL].
Giant Sigh’s work draws on images of feminist workers’ icon Rosie the Riveter and Yeats’ and Lady Gregory’s cultural representation of Ireland Cathleen Ní Houlihán “to highlight the importance of women’s rights and equality in today’s Ireland”.
The mural unveiling comes as ICCL released a statement this morning on the increased importance of political and artistic freedom of expression in referendum contexts.
From top: Orla O’Connor of Together for Yes, Liam Herrick, director of the ICCL, Poet Paula Meehan of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment and Cian O’Brien of Project Arts Centre with Artist Gareth Joyce; Gareth with Sinead Nolan; Gareth and mural.
Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh (in red) with Together4Yes activists at the launch of the ‘Make a Plan to Vote’ photocall.
Aungier Street, Dublin 2
What have they done to Ron Wood (right)?
Monday: They Are Among Us
At the junction of Clarence St and Lr George’s St.
(Thanks Ultan Mashup)
In the Dáil.
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger raised the taking down of artist Maser’s Repeal the 8th mural from the Project Arts Centre yesterday.
It was removed after the Charities Regulator informed the centre the artwork is “political activity” and that, as a consequence, the centre is in breach of the Charities Act 2009.
Ms Coppinger, and fellow TD Paul Murphy, held up copies of the mural, as she said:
“I would just like to know what the Taoiseach and others think is so offensive about this – that it should be banned by a State body. And would you agree with me, that we should challenge that… and we should say ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with a heart that calls for repeal’ and there’s nothing… we should not allow political censorship.”
Before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could respond, Tánaiste Simon Coveney could be heard saying across the chamber:
“Stupid stunts like that do nothing to inform…”
Watch the Dáil proceedings live here
Yesterday: Once More With Emulsion
Recent murals in London (corner of Brick Lane, pix 4-6) Germany and Italy by Spanish artist David de la Mano. Ahead of an upcoming show in London entitled ‘Adrift’ Hang Up Pictures sez of him;
In a world of those forced to flee, of poverty, of war and violence, David de la Mano paints his haunting figures as shadows looking for their place in the world. All united, they are travelling to a destination unknown. Boats with broken sails and women with animal heads drift without direction but are all linked by an uncertain journey.
More of de la Mano’s work here.
A new 1,020 square meter mural of the late Leonard Cohen in Montreal based on a 2008 photograph by Lorca Cohen and created by artists El Mac, Gene Pendon and a large team of assistants.
The mural required 10 weeks of work, 350 litres of paint and 240 cans of spray paint and features subtle red accents around the singer’s heart.
It was unveiled on Wednesday – just over a year after Cohen’s death.
Examples of the magnificently detailed monochrome murals of Sheffield-based artist Phlegm, including a new 5 storey tall robot (last 2 pix and video) on Chapel Street in Melbourne, Australia.
Recent works by Argentinian/Spanish artist Filipe Pantone* for Lisbon Week.
*’Pantone’ being an evolution of his original tag ‘Pant’, chosen when he was just thirteen and unrelated to his later colourful works.