When it comes to Belfast many know about the paramilitary murals of The Falls and Shankill Road etc which arose out of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Many tourists now come here and pay to take a tour around these murals (most are in economically deprived areas), but its really only a small minority of Northern Ireland residents that actually want these tainted relics of our past to remain. With that in mind, while in Belfast yesterday (unfortunately without my camera), I decided to take a few pictures with my mobile phone to show the other side of street art here. Many of these pieces of graffiti were given the green light by local authorities to brighten up some of the more run down streets in the city. I quite like them.
This is a huge painting on a gable end wall in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast
Another giant piece of graffiti on an end wall near St Annes Cathedral
Very psychedelic this one
Looks a little like Bjork to me.
This one is quite high up over the old Garfield Bar
Beside the one above
Mind the gas.
This one is slightly hidden behind a tree across the road from Aether & Echo on Lower Garfield St.
This phoenix sits over the doorway of the old North Street Arcade in Belfast possibly hinting at a revival of whats inside. There was a fire here 10yrs ago destroying the entire interior. If you look here: http://www.rainfallsup.com/ARCADE/arcade_pictures.htm you can see what it looked like before the fire, and what it looks like now – pretty shocking stuff in a city center. That said, its heyday had probably gone when the fire took place, but the whole area sits as a dreadful eyesore currently.
What mythical tale does this one tell?
Sci-fi comic stuff
Pretty classical graffiti in North Street
A barbers shop in North Street
Hmm…. Is this Neil Diamond?
Its in the eyes
No tribal politics here – just tribal art 🙂